March 2011. The cupola over the crossing has vanished, almost certainly stolen for its metal - along with every other copper detail on the roofline.
March 2011 - the cornerstone continues to spall
March 2011 - several new holes have appeared in the front rose window
March 2011 - most of the iron straps on the doors have been stolen, and the stained glass has suffered additional damage.
March 2007 - the lantern has been ripped part by copper thieves
March 2011 - the lantern is completely gone. Holes in the roof and tile damage may well have also been inflicted by scavenging metal thieves.
Architect: Louis Wessbecher, 1895
Vacant since the 1990s, this handsome brick Gothic church stood at the intersection of Salisbury and North Florrissant, two blocks west of Hyde Park.
It had stood empty for over a decade when I first came across it; damage to its windows and roof was beginning to accelerate its decay. Much of the stained glass was already lost, and metal theft left holes in the roof.
The church's congregation vacated the building in 1995, following several lightning strikes and fires a few years earlier. Unable to afford the needed renovations on the building, they now meet in the smaller, more practical building next door.
On April 11, 2014, the sanctuary suffered a small roof collapse. Two days later, an entire wall of the sanctuary fell, taking a huge portion of the roof with it. Emergency demolition of the sanctuary followed a few days later.