Right now I am in the midst of making daily podcasts and, in them, mentioning the Roman Station church of the day. I provide a little history of the churches. Thus, I am daily reminded that churches can come and go. They are built, used for a time, torn down because of damage or need for another structure. Time marches on. And yet we revel in our most ancient churches, don’t we? We lament the passing of a church building.
I saw an article from my native place about the older church in the city which is, sadly, facing destruction.
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Plans for a high-rise in northeast Minneapolis took a step forward this week, but not everyone is happy. The apartment tower would go up where Nye’s Polonaise Room is located, after it closes this summer.
The Neighborhood Association approved the plans Wednesday night with overwhelming support, but the new construction could have a big impact on an old church.
The call to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church has rang loud and clear for more than 160 years. Built in the 1850s, the historic frame is showing its age. But there’s real concern time isn’t the biggest threat.
“It’s important to us to say we’re opposed to the design of this particular project,” Deacon Thom Winninger said.
Winninger is worried about plans to build a 29 story apartment building next door once Nye’s Polonaise shuts down this summer. The close proximity to the church property is one thing, but the real worry is construction’s impact on the building’s integrity.
For the sake of… what?