Landmark church in peril

They’re praying for the immaculate construction.

Preservationists hope a Manhattan developer set to buy one  of Harlem’s most beautiful churches will save it.

St. Thomas the Apostle Church on West 118th Street  (pictured) has sat empty for nine years since the New York Archdiocese shuttered  it in 2003.

Efforts to landmark the hulking neo-Gothic structure built  in 1907 failed, and the building, which was recently covered in scaffolding, has  been in limbo ever since.

The archdiocese is in contract to sell the property and two others to Artimus Construction in a $6 million deal, according to papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.

The documents give no hint of Artimus’ plans. The  archdiocese declined to comment.

Peg Breen, of the New York Landmarks Conservancy, praised  Artimus Construction. “If this developer is true to its track record, it could  be very good news,” she said.

But locals were less sure of the impending sale, which  requires court approval.

“I presume they’re selling it to knock it down,” said  Simeon Bankoff of the Historic Districts Council.

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