Demolition crews begin working on Glassell Park Mormon church

Photo by Matt Hartman

GLASSELL PARK — Demolition crews and heavy construction equipment this week began tearing down the large Mormon church that has stood empty since it was badly damaged in a fire nearly two years ago.

Matt Hartman took photos today as clouds of dust blew across the site of the brick-clad church, which sits between the southbound 2 Freeway and homes on Roderick Road.

A spokeswoman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told The Eastsider late last month that the nearly 15,000-square-foot structure, known as a meetinghouse, would be demolished. The job was expected to take between 60 to 90 days to complete. However, it’s not clear what happens next to the property.

The meetinghouse was constructed in 1990 and served a large Spanish-speaking congregation. Despite its size and location next to the freeway, the meetinghouse was partially hidden from view by large pine trees and shrubbery. It was those trees as well as dry grass and brush near the freeway that caught fire in July 2015. The dramatic blaze spread to the eaves and peaked roof of the church.

No one was injured and church members were able to save many valuables. But the charred and roofless meetinghouse was unusable, forcing many of its hundreds of members to attend services at a Mormon church in Glendale. At that time, some church officials said insurance money would be used to rebuild the structure.

Photo by Matt Hartman

Photo by Matt Hartman

Ruins of the church are visible through pine trees along the 2 Freeway

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