Construction crews are demolishing the former Faith Baptist Church at 1350 Maryland Avenue, making way for construction of Valor Development’s new condo building.
Back in 2011, Washington City Paper noted the condition of the church and the pastor’s plans:
Even with a new pastor, the old building is an albatross, considering how much it would cost to renovate. But more important than its physical condition is its form: The big auditorium with its fixed pews isn’t usable for much other than services, the basement is unusable, and there’s little in the way of other community space. For his next building–to be financed by the $3.2 million he’s asking for the land–Tait wants something that will be more of a neighborhood resource, and even play a role in the revitalization of surrounding businesses. And instead of fleeing to the suburbs, like many other churches have done, he wants to be “a part of the city.”
Here are some photos of the demolition: