Court Day For Church Of The Assumption

Church of the Assumption interior | Photo: Matthew Christopher

The 1849 Church of the Assumption, placed on Philadelphia’s Register of Historic Places in 2009 and threatened with demolition, will have its day in Common Please Court Thursday, May 10, almost a year after a ruling by the Philadelphia Historical Commission allowing demolition was overturned by the city’s Board of License and Inspection Review.

The Historical Commission’s original ruling in favor of allowing demolition of the church at 1131 Spring Garden Street was based on a financial hardship claim by the owner, the social service agency Siloam. This is same claim is being used by the University of Pennsylvania in a pending case of an Italianate house at 40th and Pine Streets.

The Church of the Assumption case will be heard in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, City Hall room 426 10AM May 10, 2012.

About the author

Hidden City co-editor Nathaniel Popkin’s latest book is the novel Lion and Leopard (The Head and The Hand Press). He is also the author of Song of the City (Four Walls Eight Windows/Basic Books) and The Possible City (Camino Books). He is senior writer and script editor of the Emmy-winning documentary series “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment” and the fiction review editor of Cleaver Magazine. Popkin's literary criticism appears in the Wall Street Journal, Public Books, The Kenyon Review, and The Millions. He is writer-in-residence of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia.



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  1. I know churches are hurting all over and all, but damn, don’t let this thing get demolished… Look at that architecture, who would want that to disappear?

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