Buffalo, NY (WBEN) -- The Buffalo Catholic Diocese will demolish the historic St. Ann's Church on Broadway.
The letter announcing the decision from Bishop Richard Malone was read to parishioners at Saints Columba-Brigid over the weekend. The diocese learned that the cost to shore up the building's structure would have been a prohibitive $8 million - $12 million.
Last year, the building was deemed unsafe to use, and services were discontinued at the site. Five years before that, St. Ann's was merged into Saints Columba-Brigid.
The church was built by members of the congregation, primarily German immigrants. James Nepora wrote in "Houses Of Worship" that the church was eight years in the making, as the congregation took the burden onto themselves to build it -- starting in 1878 and completing it in 1886.
Nepora also writes that the church's distinctively mismatched spires were the result of changing the plans midway through the construction, when builders tested the ground and saw it would not support a west tower that weighed as much as the east tower.