In two editorials on Notre Dame des Canadiens, “Requiem for Notre Dame” (August 5) and “Lessons of Notre Dame” (August 12), the T&G cited the deteriorated condition of the former church. Hanover Insurance Group, who purchased the building from the Diocese in 2010, has continually asserted that they tried to market the building but, year after year, they left it unheated. The visible interior deterioration left many observers, including reporters from the T&G, to describe the building as “crumbling.” Where was Hanover’s commitment to finding a new use for the building if they left it unheated, allowing the interior condition to worsen over time, thereby increasing the cost of restoration? Hanover’s representative, Don Birch, evaded this question when asked by the Historical Commission at the May 2016 hearing where Hanover had sought a waiver to the one-year Building Demolition Delay Ordinance. Birch failed to provide documentation that is SOP in such proceedings and claimed he had no idea that Preservation Worcester was a resource. Birch was a no-show for the follow up June 2016 meeting at which he was to provide more evidence of an effort to market the building, apparently, deciding it was easier to wait out the one-year delay rather than undergo more public scrutiny. The Historical Commission declined the waiver, questioning how concerted an effort that Hanover made to find a reuse for the building, instead allowing it to deteriorate. This was a textbook case of demolition by shameful neglect.