Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Only the Rocks Live Forever

The title comes from a phrase that was uttered in the TV series "Centennial" a few times.  Supposedly, it is a Native American saying but it is a good reminder.  Well it's not true that the rocks live forever, even they end up changing form after years but those years are much longer than our years.  It seems like things have been reminding me of this statement lately.  The first was finding out that the oldest self-powered freighter on the Great Lakes would be converted into a tug/barge.  That's kind of a shame because she was a special she's going to be yet another barge.
 The second came about because of the high winds on Sunday.  This is the spire of St. Josaphat Church.  If you ever take I-75 into Detroit, you will see it on the right hand side of the freeway.  It is a pretty hard building to miss because it is so unique.
 Down the street from St. Josaphat Church is The Sweetest Heart of Mary Church but that's not important right now.  I just liked the picture.
 Anyway, it turns out that the high winds on Sunday damaged some of the roofing on the middle spire of the Church.  I found out today that it has been condemned and will have to come down.  If the financial state of the Detroit Dioceses is anything like the financial state of Detroit, this probably means that this spire will be gone because it wont be replaced.
 You can see the damage a little better here.  It looks like there is a hole in the roof as well.  Anyway, it would be a shame if this weren't replace because it makes for a pretty unique building.  Heck, it wouldn't surprise me if they find out that other parts of the structure are unsound.
 With so much modern architecture looking like crap.  It's a shame when one of these old buildings has to get torn down.
 Even in a wounded state, it still looks pretty impressive.
 I wish I could have gotten a better angle though.
 But oh well.
 I think this spire in the back has a special name but I don't know it off hand.
One more looking before moving on.

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