`Ugly’ D.C. church files suit over historic preservation ruling

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WASHINGTON-A Christian Science church that some have called the city’s ugliest church has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the historic landmark designation on the windowless 37-year-old building.

  • Wow, what a bizarre case where a church is told by the government that they cannot modify their own building. I’m no expert on this issue, but it would seem to me that DC’s interest in preserving historic buildings is now at odds with the church’s right to religious expression, if in fact the chruch’s outward appearance is a legitimate form of religious expression. Seems to me that religious freedom has been historically more protected than historic buildings.

    -Nick from Avvo