It appears that St. Bonaventure Roman Catholic Church in North Philadelphia’s Fairhill neighborhood will not be spared. The landmark church, designed by prominent church architect Edwin Forrest Durang in 1894 and completed in 1906, was issued its final fate when the City’s Department of Licenses and Inspections determined it was “imminently dangerous” and beyond repair. L&I will demolish the entire church – not just the steeple, whose dilapidation caused concern for the larger structure – as well as the school building next door. The former St. Bonaventure rectory and convent, each in good shape, will remain standing.
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