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Tacoma landmark church to be demolished

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A landmark Catholic church in Tacoma will be demolished, church officials said.

The decision about the Holy Rosary Catholic Church was announced during Saturday evening Mass by the Archdiocese of Seattle, the News Tribune reported .

The Archdiocese said the church is too dangerous to occupy and needs millions of dollars in repairs.

Archbishop J. Peter Sartain has issued a decree to permanently close the structure.

An appeal can be made within 10 days of the decree’s issuance, according to the Archdiocese.

Locals have gathered at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary for more than 125 years for Mass, funerals and weddings.

The original wooden church build by German immigrants is long gone. Its masonry replacement, which was completed in 1920 and has a blue interior and a 210-foot steeple, became a Tacoma landmark.

“It’s been an architectural monument since it was built,” said parishioner Thom Ryng.

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