Thursday, May 20, 2010

A Cautionary Tale of Purchasing & "Re-purposing" Church property

Yesterday's New York Times presented the story of the failed National Museum of Catholic Art and History in East Harlem. The museum is housed in the former Mt. Carmel school which was purchased for $725,000, a sum which included government grants to enhance pedestrian traffic and bolster local businesses. For a variety of reasons, the museum did not deliver on its promise and it is now for sale with an asking price of 4.9 million dollars. Founder and administrator, Christina Cox, drew a salary of $100,000 per year during the museum's run. The article includes interesting sidelights about some of the exhibits.

This is a good read and a cautionary tale for those who espouse the purchase and re-purposing of Our Lady of Vilnius.

read Catholic Museum’s Angels Fail to Save It


Anonymous said...

Our Lady of Vilnius closed over 3 years ago. What took them so long?

Anonymous said...

And now they are going to turn over a former convent on Staten Island to be used as a mosque!