One of the oldest buildings on Fourth Avenue, the 1866 Church of The Redeemer, on the northeast corner of Pacific Street, is slated for demolition.
Brownstoner reports today that the English Gothic Revival structure, which was constructed only a year after the avenue was widened to its current size, will be soon torn down due to the fact that the building is in "severe disrepair." The congregation has worshipped elsewhere for years, slate shingles have fallen off the roof, and the building itself has begun to sag.
Nestled directly adjacent to a subway entrance, the church always struck me as an elegant way to emerge onto the sidewalk, incongruous with the rather utilitarian buildings surrounding it. I never actually noticed what poor shape the building is in, largely thanks to its somewhat rugged overall look, with a facade largely of bluestone.
Apparently there's a plan in place to replace the church with a mixed-use building housing a new church as well as residential units. The razing will be on the docket at tonight's Boerum Hill Association meeting, to be held at 7 PM tonight at the YWCA at 30 Third Avenue.