06 Mar 2013

Church, the Basement Edition

 

The Methodist Church in Gary is not the only one to fall into disuse, but it is the most spectacular ruined church.  This one was the most bizzare.  The building itself was originally a Settlement House and after the settlement program was abandoned it was sold or leased out, usually to churches from what I can tell.

I did not know what a settlement house when we first found the place, so actually had to do a little research since the building was very obviously not a church while at the same time was built with a church in it.    We found evidence of two churches that had most recently occupied it before it was closed for good, as well as evidence of the fires the locals said homeless people had accidentally started in it the upper floors.   This was one of those rare times passers by both offered information about potential squatters and that the building may be dangerous due to falling bricks.

The church in the basement must have been a very pretty little chapel back in its time.

basment church

 

Now it is more or less a storeroom of the forgotten.

basement church

I again marvel at the things people leave behind, in the community hall there were two organs just sitting there, mouldering away.

organ

Comments

  • csd7227
    March 6, 2013 Reply

    I love these shots. I had no idea that this was even here. Thank you for the pictures.

    • idiotphotographer
      March 6, 2013 Reply

      No problem, if you ever have a free Sunday and want to meet in Gary for an explore let me know, we’ve found a couple of places off the beaten urbex path, so to speak.

      • csd7227
        March 6, 2013 Reply

        That would be cool. I am not as close as I used to be to Gary, but it is still not that far away. I will have take you up on that.

  • SudoOne
    March 6, 2013 Reply

    I love the way you continue to capture the urban decay. Really tells a story.

    • idiotphotographer
      March 6, 2013 Reply

      Thank you, I’m happy to be able to share the stories of these lost buildings.

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