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View west, toward where the main church once stood.

St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church

The new houses were under construction by April 2007.

They're brick, with the usual slathering of vinyl siding in "neo-traditional" style. I do rather like the one on the corner, or at least I like the wrap-around columnaded porch. Serious porches are a true rarity in new home construction.

Don't get me wrong, though -- no amount of new construction can make up for the lost of the beautiful church, the unique streetscape, and the handsome accessory buildings that once stood here.

Notice in particular how surreal and odd the photographs here are -- they aren't really of any particular subject. It's hard to photograph a non-place, which is what this once-distinctive urban oasis has become.

Photos from November 2006.

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