City Methodist Church
Gary, IN

Gary’s City Methodist was built in 1926, partly with funds donated by US Steel, the founder of the city and the biggest employer in the area. The church was completed when Gary was at its most populous; by 1930 more than 100,000 people called it home.¬†After World War II, modernization at the steel mill greatly reduced the number of workers on payroll, leaving thousands without work.

Then and Now – Entrance

Then and Now – Altar

The layoffs were particularly painful for the African American community, which had fewer options for employment and relocation in a city that was sliding into deep decline. City Methodist is one of the thousands of buildings that was abandoned due to the economic downturn and shifting demographics–closed in 1975.