Abandoned Church - revisited - The Dainty Squid

Abandoned Church - revisited

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

This church was one of the very first abandoned places I ever shared on the blog. At the time I still only had my 40mm lens which is amazing but not quite wide enough for buildings, and on top of that I wasn't all that experienced at shooting abandoned buildings. I still hadn't found my footing. Now with around fifty buildings and hundreds of photos under my belt, I've been wanting to re-shoot the church.

It was originally built in 1913, then rebuilt in 1928. The church closed in the 80s but wasn't completely abandoned until 2002. In those twelve years the building has essentially been gutted. The stained glass is gone, scrappers have long since taken all the metal, and most recently vandals have taken to writing dumb crap on the walls. It just makes my blood boil to see people painting obscenities on walls. STOP IT. In all reality though, for being probably one of the most popular spots to explore in Cleveland, it's not in that bad of shape. I mean, it still has a roof! Guess they just don't build 'em like they used to.
My first visit was fairly brief but on this one I took my time and poked around the church a little more. I ventured into the basement, and even up a very old ladder to the top of one of the steeples where I found even more ladders. The wooden one shown below took you to the very top of the steeple on the outside. I passed on that, partly because the floor wasn't in the best condition and the last thing I want to do is fall through the floor of a big old church while climbing a ladder. But I'm still happy to have seen a view that people who have lived in the neighborhood their whole life have never seen.

You Might Also Like

13 thoughts

  1. You have some really cool abandon places! I haven't found any around where I'm living - it's too new of an area. I'm going to have to venture further away.

    The Nerdy Fox

  2. There is something so beautiful about abandoned buildings. These photos are gorgeous

  3. I am so excited for these posts! Here in Norway we dont have a culture for abandoning buildings, if it can be said like that. I mean a buildings can be empty for some years, but there is always a plan, and eventually it will be rebuilt or renovated. Right now in my neighborhood they are building old factory buildings into a shopping center/apartment complex, Im sure it will look awesome, but still it would be fun to explore it before they start building!

    1. Well, that's wonderful! It's insane to me how many abandoned buildings there are around here. So many of them could be re-purposed into amazing things!

  4. So cool! Hope to see photos soon!

  5. Woah. Such imponent derelict beauty! WOW. I'm impressed. It reminds me a bit of the settings of True Detective!

  6. this looks like such a wonderful place to explore! and it also looks like it was really beautiful in its day, and still is in a different way:-) xx

  7. I really like your quote "I'm still happy to have seen a view that people who have lived in the neighborhood their whole life have never seen." So magical! :)


follow along @thedaintysquid.