A Broken Sidewalk tipster pointed us to the site of the most recent historic destruction in the Shelby Park neighborhood on East St. Catherine Street. A two-and-a-half story brick townhouse most recently used as a church for the Riverview Missionary Baptist Congregation is being reduced to rubble.
We stopped in to the church’s nearby Lydia House where they serve bag lunches and operate a clothes closet for the needy. The congregation has moved its services around the corner to Jackson Street but owns the land where the house once stood and the vacant grassy lot next door (now just dirt after heavy machinery rolled through). Future plans call for building a new church on the site, but currently no money or timeline exist for the project. This building is an unfortunate loss given its scale and brick structure compared to the surrounding mostly wooden shotgun houses. Another one bites the dust.