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Abandoned City Methodist Church in Gary, Indiana – June 2011. Urban Exploration / UrbEx.

More pics on my Flickr: www.flickr.com This church was featured in an episode of the TV show Life After People. The city of Gary, Indiana was founded as a booming steel city as the twentieth century passed, and areas downtown saw the construction of several impressive buildings during these prosperous early years. In 1925, a cornerstone ceremony took place at 577 Washington St. to commemorate the construction of a Gothic Revival church called City Methodist. It was completed 21 months later, at the cost of one million dollars – 5000 of which was contributed by the United States Steel Corp. (which also founded the city). Elbert Gary, the chairman of US Steel and origin of the city’s name, donated a Skinner organ as well. The Bedford limestone structure consisted of a 50-foot tall sanctuary nave and elaborate stonework, and was able to seat 950 worshipers; City Methodist had a congregation of nearly 3000 members in its heyday. The building was also home to Seaman Hall – a 1000 seat auditorium, and a gymnasium with a full size basketball court. Storefronts were built into the building, with hopes that the income would offset the enormous maintenance costs. During the 1920s, Pastor William Seaman rallied against the power of the Ku Klux Klan in Indiana, and welcomed black worshipers into City Methodist during a time when African Americans were not permitted in “white churches.” Gary entered a downward spiral during the 1960s, like many other industrial cities during the
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Priest upset over mother who abandoned baby

Priest upset over mother who abandoned baby
MANILA, Sept. 13, 2010—A Catholic Church official is saddened over an incident where a baby boy was left behind a Gulf Air plane last Sunday. Fr. Melvin Castro, executive secretary of the CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Family and Life, said no infants should be treated that way. read more
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Local Church Opens Doors to Read Qur’an
A local Christian church opened its doors to take turns reading the Qur’an for two hours. The event was in response to Rev. Terry Jones’ proposed Qur’an burning originally scheduled for Saturday night.
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Police Looking for Suspect in Marlin Church Break-Ins
Police in Marlin are on the lookout for someone who has broken into several churches
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