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May 13, 2009 Preservation

D.C. Gives Green Light to Demolition of Brutalist Third Church of Christ

“The Christian Science Church got the OK to raze its 1970s-era concrete chapel and can now proceed with development plans, apparently ending one of the city’s fiercest battles over historic preservation,” the Washington Business Journal reports. Read the full article here. Is this really the end of this long-simmering battle? Post columnist Mark Fisher hopes so. He rails against the “small band of preservation extremists” and “arrogant elite” who supported saving the structure. His views have already spurned many comments on both sides of the issue as you could imagine. What do you think?