abandoned gary indiana church without roof
Johnny Joo

Ducks in the Sunshine

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Prior to abandonment, the City Methodist Church of Gary, Indiana was once the largest Methodist church in the Midwest. This now dilapidated church was shut down in 1975, after only 50 years in service. Though Gary had already had a Methodist church serving the area since 1906, it wouldn’t be long before plans hatched to construct a newer, larger church. In 1916, Dr. William Grant Seaman had become the pastor of Gary’s original Methodist church. Seaman saw the need for something much larger, in hopes to serve even more people in and around the area. With this, he had also hoped to bring more religion to Gary, seeing that the area at the time was full of brothels and drinking establishments. US Steel donated a section of land, as well as half of the cost for construction of the church, and plans were then organized to begin construction by 1925. Chicago-based architectural firm Lowe and Bollenbacher constructed the church in 21 months. The cost of construction was $800,000.

As the city of Gary fell into a sharp decline during the 1960s and 70s, the church, too began to fall apart. Crime rates quickly rose as industry just as quickly fell. People were flocking out of Gary just as fast as the money that once ran the city. By 1973, only 320 members remained in the congregation, and maintenance costs for the church became far too much to keep up with. Only about a third of the congregation would regularly attend during these years leading to its closure. There were numerous attempts made to sell the building to another congregation, but after a while with no luck, the decision was eventually made to close the church in 1975.


Luster prints are printed on premium luster photo paper. This premium paper produces vivid, lifelike images that rival those of traditional silver halide prints.

Each print is created using Epson Ultrachrome HDR inks. Featuring two extra colors - green and orange - the Epson Ultrachrome HDR (High Dynamic Range) ink set is the ultimate professional photo and graphic arts ink, achieving the highest level of color accuracy. This ink has been certified to cover an unprecedented 98% of the Pantone Matching System color gamut.

Canvas wraps are printed using high quality canvas materials, along with archival inks, with a UV coating proven to withstand the test of time. Images are printed to an acid free, lignin free heavyweight cotton-poly blend. The canvas is then stretched over a real, solid wood stretcher, made form pine or basswood, custom sized to each print.


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