Demolition of Fishtown’s St. Laurentius More And More Likely


Photo: Sarah Webb,

St. Laurentius Church | Photo: Sarah Webb,

  • Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has decreed that St. Laurentius shall be decertified as a sanctified house of worship of the Roman Catholic Church six months after it was closed due to the City’s concerns over structural deficiency. The 1882 building at Memphis & Berks Streets in Fishtown is said to be Philadelphia’s first Polish-community church, reports The Inquirer; all services have since shifted two blocks away to Holy Name of Jesus church, whose parish it had already merged with last summer. A group of former parishioners have hired a canon lawyer to dispute this relegation directly with Rome, claiming that the City’s estimate of stabilizing the structure–$1.2-$3.4 million–is unrealistically high.
  • Grid talks with Patrick Starr, the Senior Vice President of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. One of fifty foundations running The Circuit Coalition, the PEC is committed to expanding the nine-county Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission’s 300-mile Circuit bike and walking trail by 250% by 2040. Besides the imminent unveiling of the Schuylkill Banks boardwalk and the beginning of work on the Manayunk Bridge, Starr cites the closing of Manayunk’s Main Street gap at the Wissahickon and a wayfinding system as chief goals. It is thought that an additional $200 million will be necessary to connect the Circuit.
  • Noting the opening of the University City Science Center’s 16th building on September 12 — the 13-story, $115 million center that adds over two million in lab and office space to the campus — Flying Kite looks ahead to the next project, now under construction at 36th & Market. The residential tower is a change of pace, explains CEO Stephen Tang. “We’re trying to become a world-class innovation center across University City and not just across the Science Center’s campus,” he adds. “We really want to be a vibrant center. And that includes attracting smart, creative and innovative people to our campus to live, as well as to work.”
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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  1. I can best let these pictures speak of the impact of the presences of St Laurentius church on the characteristic of Fishtown:

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