From the NY Times:
Workers for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn have removed the dozen towering stained-glass windows from a beloved church built a century ago by Italian immigrants, prompting protests from preservationists who consider the building an important artifact – and who consider demolition imminent.
The windows from Our Lady of Loreto Church on Sackman Street in Brownsville were packed and placed in storage on Tuesday and Wednesday, said Monsignor Kieran Harrington, the spokesman for the diocese. But he would not confirm whether demolition was imminent, saying only that the diocese’s plan to begin building housing on the ground under the church remained unchanged and that the project was scheduled to begin in June.
“This building is a treasure,” said Frank Sciame, a prominent New York builder whose well-regarded restoration projects have included the Morgan Library and Museum, the New Victory Theater and Central Synagogue in Manhattan, and who recently got involved in trying to save Our Lady of Loreto.
“A 100-year-old building like this should not be demolished,” he said. “In Europe, that’s a young building.”
Before news of the stained-glass windows’ removal, Mr. Sciame, a member and former chairman of the New York Landmarks Conservancy, had scheduled separate meetings next week with officials in the diocese and the mayor’s office.
He said he planned to keep both appointments.
Why isn't the Landmarks Preservation Commission designating this historic church like they did for the West Park Presbyterian Church on the Upper West Side?