Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Starbuck's Church

There is the example of a church that a diocese no longer wants to keep active.  They would like to sell it.  A developer wants to buy it and turn it into a Starbuck coffee shop, for instance.  Historic preservation people want to keep the church facade, but don't want to spend any historic preservation funds to maintain it.  The diocese cannot afford it as a church.  It needs repairs.  What seems to be working in some places is that the developer buys the church and property.  Then the facade is kept for preservation purposes, but turn the insides into a Starbuck.  I might like to have my mocha in such a building.  I know of a church that became a restaurant in a southern city.  It was quite lovely, and the food was good.  I live in a Historic Preservation church in San Francisco.  So far we are able to keep it as a church, but cannot change the outsides of it.  The insides are quite beautiful and many tourists come by to view it.  it is a special place for me.  It is called Old St. Mary's.  It is old.  Often it is cold, as is summer in San Francisco.  Heat is expensive.  I offer it up as a penance, not for my sins, which are few, but for yours.  Delusional, you suggest?


  1. Seems you are offering a worthy service. Our connections to place and history are greater when the real use or 'soul' of a structure is preserved. I would like to visit, maybe in the fall after SF winter is over!

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