ST. LOUIS (AP) - One of the oldest churches in St. Louis is being demolished as part of a charter school expansion.
St. Bridget of Erin in north St. Louis was built in 1859 to serve an Irish Catholic parish. It's been closed since 2003, with an affiliated school shutting down in 2012.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (bit.ly/1p8KkeG ) reports that demolition began this week to accommodate a charter middle school sponsored by the Christian Brothers religious order, which wants to move to the site.
The church is located in a part of the city where historic buildings can be demolished without a "preservation review" required in other St. Louis wards.
School officials say the 157-year-old building had deteriorated beyond repair.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com
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