Consummatum Est: The Demolition of Transfiguration
November 23, 2009 § 44 Comments
["IT IS FINISHED"--TEXT AND PHOTOS BY JEREMY QUATTLEBAUM]
On the corner of 56th and Cedar in West Philadelphia stands the last remnants of the Church of the Transfiguration. Vacant since 2000, the church was shut down by the archdiocese along with the school, convent, and rectory complex. When Boy’s Latin purchased the Church of Transfiguration’s school complex, it also purchased the church, which is being demolished to allow the school to expand.
Only the Chancel, Apse and Sacristy remain of the structure, the Nave has been all but demolished. Left to the elements, the gold painted mural of Jesus and several saints catch the rays of the afternoon sun, while much of the hand hewed masonry lays about the demolition site.
Some of the ornate columns remain, with the also gold painted images of griffins flanking the cross, giving glimpses of the once grand elegance of the sanctuary.