The former Wagoner Place Methodist Church collapsed into a giant pile of rubble, which frankly surprised me. On my first and only previous visit, it looked perfectly fine, and I didn’t see any reason why it would structurally fail so spectacularly.
I guess, looking back at my old photographs, that if you examine the eaves, you realize there were huge yawning openings, which could theoretically allow high winds to blow in and perhaps shift the whole roof, causing it to move enough to come crashing down. But also, and it’s such a great lesson about the challenges of channeling the weight of the roof and vaulting in a church into the ground, I wonder if the exterior walls were too thin and the windows too large and lacking in enough buttressing. The school wing, ironically, had better engaged buttressing than the church. Regardless, it’s a pile of rubble now.