Brewerytown's historic St. Augustine Church now has a telltale orange sign on it (indicative of zoning news), according to a Philadelphia Speaks member. The Gothic-style church and its parish, built in 1888, and its adjacent vacant lot were on the market for $400,000 through Colliers International. The church was owned by The Church Foundation, an affiliate of the Episcopal Diocese of Philadelphia. Colliers' website now lists the church as sold.
So what comes next? We hope it's not a demolition, as it sounds like the Frank Watson-designed, 4,637-square-foot church has plenty to preserve, including a pipe organ, installed in 1889; a sanctuary with seating for 200; a choir loft; a sacristy with marble sink and dressing room; and all the tongue-in-groove wainscoting one could desire.
· Fact Sheet: 2701-2709 Girard Avenue [PDF] [Colliers International]