Wednesday, August 10, 2016
"This is the church, this is the steeple..."
As I was leaving Mass MoCA, I found myself driving toward this church. I was stunned to see the structure of heavy timbers tapering from wide to narrow. I immediately realized that it was the framework of this church steeple. I parked my car, and rushed over to spend some time photographing the church and the ruins of the steeple. Turns out that this church, St. Francis of Assisi, was built in 1863, and eight years ago was abandoned as the Catholic Diocese consolidated churches. I have seen references to North Adams, Mass, as the city of steeples. Interesting that the three steeples in the distance, in the lower photograph, are all tall and slim, as was this steeple before demolition. It just seems so sad that such a beautiful structure and steeple will no longer exist. In many communities unused churches around the country have been repurposed. That was the hope here, but there was never a critical mass to save the building before falling masonry that landed on sidewalks and streets, requiring the immediate removal of the steeple.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 10:36 PM