A Student of History

December 31, 2006

Saving a Church….

Filed under: Historic Preservation — John Maass @ 6:29 pm

Associated Press:
A historic church in the seaside city of Steinbeck can cut down four redwood trees that are damaging the structure, city officials said.

The roots from the 100-foot trees have grown into the foundation and crumbling sandstone walls of San Carlos Cathedral. Church officials also said the trees threatened an adjacent property, which contains pottery remnants and other artifacts dating back centuries to Monterey’s early days.

“I will be granting their request to remove all the trees,” City Manager Fred Meurer said.

The cathedral, finished in 1794, is the oldest continually operating church in California and the smallest cathedral in the United States. Parishioners apparently planted the trees in the 1950s.  The area next to the cathedral where the trees stand will likely be turned into a prayer garden, church officials said.

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