Monday, March 29, 2010

Who Owns These Things, Anyway?

You remember Matthew Murray, right? He was the photographer who did such a great job shooting Transfiguration of Our Lord, right before it met the business end of a wrecking ball.

Anyway, since Matthew is into abandoned churches, the Project clued him in to some other specimens he should look at--namely, Assumption BVM, St. Boniface, St. Bonaventure and Most Blessed Sacrament. Yes, four of our old favorites.

Look he did, but since Assumption is the only one that has a visible owner--you remember, the nice HIV group that tried to knock it down--he was unable to gain access to the others.

To help him, and by extension us, the Project poses the following question: does anyone know who owns the three properties in question? I don't, and I don't really have the time to go sniffing around for the answer. Besides, there's nothing better than reader contributions. It lets me know you all care!

Drop the Project a line.


  1. Saint Boniface
    Address: 142-74 DIAMOND ST


    Sale Price
    $1,200,000 10/16/2007

    St. Bonaventure
    Address: 2842-46 N 09TH ST

    CHURCH 2842 N 9TH ST
    Sale Price
    $110,000 08/01/1997

    Most Blessed Sacrament is now listed on Google maps as Renaissance Advantage Charter School
    The address is 1712 S 56th St

    The church property is at 1702 - 7 S 56th St

    The city records do not show ownership for 1702 - 7 S 56th St

    1709 - 11 S 56th St is owned by HEALING WATER PENTECOSTAL

    Information is on the public records site of the city of Philadelphia

    Michael Mezalick

  2. Now that's what I call a reader contribution!

  3. thanks for the help. i actually tried to contact renaissance a number of times but they never call back (it should be noted that i didn't state my intent in the message, so they're just flat out ignoring phone calls). st. boniventure is a funny one. notice that the address is the same as the church? and that the church has been abandoned for quite some time, hence nobody getting mail there? i called the tax records bureau and they told me that because churches are exempt from taxes, one can apparently go out of existence without anyone noticing, and pretty much stay that way indefinitely. i even tried calling OTHER 'new life' churches throughout the US in hopes that they were a franchise, but no luck. now, st. boniface on the other hand - i will try to get in touch with them and see what i can do. thanks for the assist. by the way, wait until you see the short film i put together about transfiguration. i hope it will be useful to the cause of church preservation :)

  4. and i did manage assumption. shh.!/photo.php?pid=3766135&id=51371492319&ref=fbx_album