DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Time could be running out on St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Duluth.
The church was hand-built in 1926 by Italian masons out of local stone. But it’s been closed since 2010.The roof is leaking. The stained-glass windows have been removed. The radiators have been sold for salvage, and with no heat it’s unclear if the building will make it safely through the winter.
The Duluth News Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/17IwCQc ) that preservationists want the church designated a landmark in hopes of saving it from destruction. But they ran into a roadblock Tuesday when the city’s Heritage Preservation Commission declined. That’s because a city ordinance says only landowners can begin the application process for landmark status.
The Duluth Catholic Diocese, which owns St. Peter’s, opposes designating the church a landmark.
Information from: Duluth News Tribune, http://www.duluthnewstribune.com