After long fight, Washington’s ‘ugliest church’ meets the wrecking ball

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After years of protracted legal battles, the Third Church of Christ, Scientist in Washington, D.C. will be demolished. RNS photo by Amanda Murphy

After years of protracted legal battles, the Third Church of Christ, Scientist in Washington, D.C. will be demolished. RNS photo by Amanda Murphy

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WASHINGTON (RNS) Legal scholars and developers followed the case closely after it raised an important question: If the owners want to tear down a building, can somebody else force them to keep it?