WHYY’s Elizabeth Fiedler spotted a half-demolished church in Philadelphia’s West Poplar neighborhood, so we grabbed some photos before the building disappeared competely. What are some of the buildings no longer with us that you miss most?
WHYY’s Elizabeth Fiedler spotted a church in Philadelphia’s West Poplar neighborhood half torn down, so we sent over a photographer to grab a snapshot before the building had competely disappeared.
Our neighbors include not just the people around us but also the buildings they inhabit. They can be as much a part of our lives, and losing them can be as difficult as saying goodbye to a friend. But as cites grow, buildings come and go.
What are some of the buildings no longer with us that you miss most?
Naked Philly reports that the Ruffin Nichols Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church, at 11th and Mt. Vernon streets, was sold in December so it could be torn down and the site redeveloped. Demolition began in earnest in September.
The National Geographic Channel did a feature on the 170 year-old building for its “Abandoned” series a while back, and they turned up some interesting information. According to NatGeo, the church was built when the neighborhood was wealthy, but the congregation declined with the neighborhood, and the sanctuary was closed up in 2010 when there were scarcely a dozen members left.