The drift of the concrete church
The drift of the concrete church

The drift of the concrete church

The drift of the concrete church

Countdown before the demolition

South short of Montreal (Quebec), Canada

We must go back to 2014 to find the last traces of the religious ceremony in the church. Since then, virtually nothing has changed between its walls. Despite minimal maintenance, the cobwebs began to appear here and there between furniture and fake plants. The courtyard was sentenced many years ago for to risk that represents the exterior wall where several bricks have fallen over time.

Built at a time when everything was controlled by the church, the building today reveals problems that have probably not been considered urgent to fix. For example, fiberglass windows are beautiful, but this material is not a good insulator and it results by unreasonable electricity bills during the cold seasons.

Moreover, although the use of concrete and brick were largely used in the 60s, modernizing its facilities for an aging population (and disabled) are way to expensive for a (poor) religious community. And by way, the property is full of asbestos and decontamination amounts... Well, you know where I'm going.

This explains (in part) the state of the current situation. Despite the great beauty of the church, its end is inevitable. Its sale has been signed in early October 2015 and in short to medium term will result in its demolition. A buyer has already plan to build condos.

Meanwhile, the parish strives to preserve the many religious works and so move them before it is too late. But a way of the cross made of concrete is not easy to move and does not necessarily fits into any church.

This photo session was made possible with the authorization given by the parish.

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