Phoenix church saved; named historic building

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX  -- An important piece of Arizona history is now being recognized as a nationally historic building. 

Over the weekend, the old Sacred Heart Church was added to the federal government's list of places to preserve, called the National Register of Historic Places.

The church was built back in 1954, and currently stands in an empty field near 16th street and Buckeye Road. The landmark building was supposed to be destroyed to make way for the Sky Harbor Airport expansion project, but the community fought to keep it.

"The future is very bright in terms of what this symbolizes to the this community," says District Director Elisa de la Vara. "I think the involvement of you all who lived here, your children, your children's children and the community in general is just going to make this a wonderful and beautiful place."

The building is currently used as a museum and cultural center.