Westside Church Demolished
109-year-old Holy Angels done in by mold; parish hopes to rebuild
(WIBC.com photo: Eric Berman)
A 109-year-old church on Indy's westside is being demolished.
Holy Angels Catholic Church has been vacant since October. A health inspection found extensive mold, and a follow-up concluded the building was beyond saving.
A handful of parishioners stopped by the church parking lot on 28th Street to watch wrecking crews tear the white A-frame down. Gail Burris picked up a pair of bricks as keepsakes for her and her son -- she says there are decades of family memories wrapped up in the old church.
Father Kenneth Taylor says crews will salvage the church bell for what he hopes will be a new church on the same spot. The church will need approval from the archdiocese to rebuild, and would then launch a fund drive to raise the money.
Holy Angels School remains open. The church has been conducting mass at Marian University, but post-mass events are still held at the parish center on the church property.