It’s been a year or so since the Ruffin Nichols Memorial AME Church at 11th & Mr. Vernon was put under contract, and two months since we reported that it was falling down of its own accord. Now, the new owners are actively demolishing the structure, apparently with plans for fourteen condos and four town homes for the site.
Demolition is proceeding at a snail’s pace, but when we swung by the church the other day, we were able to catch a glimpse of the interior that is certainly not long for this world.
We’re obviously a pro-development lot, and we understand that the church apparently had some serious structural issues. But it still bums us out big time to see a gorgeous building like this come down.