Residents of Saint John, N.B., are saying goodbye to another of the city’s historic structures.
What was once known as the Gothic Arches is now almost all reduced to rubble.
It was built in 1878 — one year after the Great Saint John Fire, which destroyed two-thirds of the city.
Since its construction, the stone Gothic Revival structure has stood at on Wentworth Street, also fronting onto Leinster Street and Princess Street.
It hasn’t actually been a church since 1999 when heritage documents state it was left vacant as a shrinking congregation sought smaller accommodations.
It officially took on the name Gothic Arches when it was converted to a multi-purpose facility, but that didn’t last, and the building again sat empty.
For the past decade, the structure has been vacant and unheated.
The developer who has since taken ownership of the property hopes to turn it into an eight-story apartment complex with 90 units.
Demolition began in December and, for a while, it looked like the last standing arch would come down Friday.
Because of high winds, however, that was delayed.
Due to the delay, Princess Street is closed between Carmarthen Street and Wentworth Street until further notice.