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Abandoned Methodist Church

577 Washington St., Gary, Indiana 46402 USA

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    not Accepted
  • Not Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • No Public
    Restrooms
  • No Wifi
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“A slowly decaying beauty”

This place is on private property. Listing for informational purposes only. Please do not visit without express permission from the land owner. At nine stories, this abandoned church one of the more impressive gothic churches. It's inspiring, and so unusual in it's slow decay that it's been used in many movies, from "Nightmare on Elm" Street to "Transformers 3." On 7-29-2012 the crew of "Chicago Rot" (Indie film) was shooting here. In 2010, 24 different movies shot in Gary, many shooting scenes at the church. The main part of the church and most impressive is the church sanctuary, the area where the congregation would worship. It's frankly amazing. Much of the stained glass remains, albeit high up and out of reach (especially from thrown objects.) The other huge open space is the theater. The chairs are gone, the stage collapsing, and it's stripped clean. But the stage remains.The bulk of the building is taken up by classrooms, offices and ground-floor commercial space. You can explore all these areas, including the roof tops and basketball court. The basketball court is one of the more unstable areas, suffering frequent collapses. A recent collapse (June 2011) saw about 25% of the roof fall-in. The roof has numerous "soft spots" and large holes.The basement is an adventure in itself. There are several staircases leading down, but either rubble choked or slick with dust, mud, or garbage. The staircase near the stage is 95% clear and an easy climb down and up. The handrails are actually safe. You can't trust the hand-rails anywhere else - or walls for that matter (some are literally paper-thin), so you have to balance on your feet. Wear gloves. Look at all the staircases and pick the best. The basement is large, damp and clammy. Much of the floor is full of ankle-breaking debris. Several rooms are solid concrete, more of a bunker than basement, and are sometimes fog-filled. Under the Sanctuary you'll see the column bases and piles of rubble. The equipment room is a giant pool, flooded. The water is so clear it's literally invisible.

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Reviewed by
jillian.powers.10

  • 1 Review
  • 4 Helpful
October 25, 2013

Walked right in. No problems with the authorities or locals. Just be fast about it. Beware that Gary is a dangerous place, though this church is in a relatively safe location compared to other abandoned areas.

4 people found this review helpful
  • 5 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
July 25, 2016
Rated 5.0

Awesome place! Has a gate around it but it's open and no "private property" or "no trespassing" signing posted anywhere. Check out the basement and the attached building but watch your steps, some rooms flooded and others only have a beam for a walk way. Ps. Use fire escape to get to the theater.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
robbiesell

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
February 14, 2015

Visited this church last night and found a chain link fence surrounding it; the locals looked like ones not to make upset so I didn't climb in. I shot a few pics and left before my camera got jacked.

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1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Karen A. Huven

  • 3 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
August 18, 2013

Informed it was not a safe place to visit, but would still like to see this site.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
NitaPlaysVW

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
August 14, 2013

Wow...how very cool and unfortunate at the same time that this is just rotting away. Been in many movies, though! Check out its history.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
johnathen.kuebler

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
March 27, 2016
Rated 5.0

Very, very awesome place! The gate was unlocked so we went in. Enter at your own risk. The architectural work just left us in awe and left us thinking about its beauty in its hay day. But it's dilapidated state is a beauty of itself. We didn't explore to far but the parts we did explore blew our mind. Well worth the stop.

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zimmy28

  • 2 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
August 14, 2013

Ever been to Gary? The whole town is in shambles. It's full of half burned down houses and things like this cathedral all over it. Very sad to see, but why don't they clean the place up? I wouldn't stop there and get out of the car either...

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Abandoned Methodist Church

577 Washington St.
Gary, Indiana
46402 USA

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