Extensive damage because of lack of maintenance. It was negelected by the owners. Just look at the soffit, that was rotting off and falling on the sidewalk, I mean they couldnt even keep the church cleaned, it needs a good pressure washing and new paint.
I'm sure that many a good church has been very hard hit during the past couple of years. Any church worth its salt has put its money into helping those hurt by the economy. I can only imagine the draw on the resources that this economic crisis has caused.
I don't think we need to attack the church.
The problem is that the neighborhood was not given notice by the city and the city did not protect the historic fabric "contributing" or not.
With notice, there could have been fund-raising attempts, volunteering, help from people willing to do so.
Now, after the fact, repair and replacement is much more difficult and expensive, if not impossible.
This is what is so disturbing to me.