IHPC takes action designed to prevent demolition of Holy Cross church

With dozens of Holy Cross neighbors and other interested parties eagerly applauding, the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission took the first step on March toward preventing the demolition of the former Church of the Holy Cross.

The action, which also includes the church’s former school building, its gymnasium and rectory, came via unanimous IHPC vote at a special public hearing on Wednesday, March 27.

Formal approval of the action is expected to come at the April 15 hearing of the Metropolitan Development Commission. DMD Director Megan Vukosich voiced her support at the IHPC hearing.

Much of the testimony, including from Mark Dollase of Indiana Landmarks, concerned the historic church’s importance to the neighborhood and its residents, while a spokesman for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis said the church’s decision to demolish the property hinged upon the potential for the sacred structure to be used for purposes the church would consider objectionable.

The Holy Cross Neighborhood Association formally objected to the demolition, launching a petition drive that netted over 700 signatures, according to news reports.

MORE COMING: A full report on this debate and decision will be featured in the May 2024 edition of Urban Times.

PHOTO ABOVE: The former Church of the Holy Cross sits at 125 N. Oriental St., with the church facing E. Ohio St.