Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church
Preventing a demolition can be a long and drawn-out process, so it isn’t hard to forget just how quickly one can be lost. The Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church on Prytania and Josephine caught fire around 8:30 PM January 7. The building had been up for sale for years along with a two-story house next to it, which also burned. The two had been vacant since Hurricane Katrina despite citations for code violations. The six-alarm fire burned through the night as over 100 fire fighters worked to control it and protect the surrounding buildings.
The church still smoldered Saturday morning. As the city conducted a quick arson investigation, Mayor Landrieu discussed options for salvage with preservationists on site. Demolition prep work began around 8:30.
Most of the demolition took place Saturday evening. The church was reduced to a relatively stable base. Zara’s staff brought a tv out to the sidewalk so that the crowd gathered on the corner could catch the Saints game.
And a week or so later, both buildings were gone.