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This magnificent neo-Gothic Harlem church is now rubble

Updated: Nov 10, 2020

Plans for its demolition were widely covered in the news in recent years, and now the reality is here for all to see:

The neo-Gothic building that housed the Metropolitan Community United Methodist Church at 45 E 126th Street and Madison Avenue is mostly rubble.

The back of the Gothic-style apse was all that remained this past weekend.

Harlem's Metropolitan Community United Methodist Church is now rubble

The structure was built in 1871 for the St. James Methodist Episcopal Church of Harlem; in 1942 it changed hands and became a black church.

According to reports, the inside of the historic building had been crumbling for a while, and the church, which had only 80 congregants two years ago, decided to make a deal with a developer.

Although there's still no word on what will replace the majestic corner sanctuary (condos have been mentioned), permits have been filed for a seven-story house of worship at 1981 Madison Avenue, the lot right next door.

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