Saint Agnes Catholic Church

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<br>Sanctuary as viewed from choir loft at Saint Agnes Catholic Church
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<br>Sanctuary at Saint Agnes Catholic Church
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<br>Lancet windows reflecting on water at Saint Agnes Catholic Church
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<br>Boilers at Saint Agnes Catholic Church
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<br>Detail of boiler at Saint Agnes Catholic Church
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<br>Christmas tree in basement at Saint Agnes Catholic Church
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<br>Chair and redrum mirror in basement at Saint Agnes Catholic Church
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<br>Rock with Jesus pennant on moldy wall in basement at Saint Agnes Catholic Church
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<br>Sanctuary ceiling at Saint Agnes Catholic Church
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<br>Sanctuary as viewed through organ case at Saint Agnes Catholic Church
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<br>Vines growing up lancet windows at Saint Agnes Catholic Church
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<br>Exterior of Saint Agnes Catholic Church
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<br>Exterior of Saint Agnes Catholic Church
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<br>Exterior of Saint Agnes Catholic Church
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<br>Hallway destruction at Saint Agnes Catholic School<br>
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<br>Hallway destruction at Saint Agnes Catholic School<br>
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<br>Exterior of Saint Agnes Catholic Church as viewed from roof of School<br>
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<br>Roof of Saint Agnes Catholic School<br>
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<br>Facade of Saint Agnes Catholic Church<br>
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<br>Books strewn across the floor at Saint Agnes School<br>
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<br>Row of toilets in restroom at Saint Agnes School<br>
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<br>Light bulb on desk at Saint Agnes Catholic Church<br>
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<br>Belltower of Saint Agnes Catholic Church<br>
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<br>Morning sun filtering into sanctuary at Saint Agnes Catholic Church<br>
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<br>Sanctuary at Saint Agnes Catholic Church<br>
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<br>Restroom stalls at Saint Agnes Catholic Church<br>
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<br>Colorful classroom closet doors at Saint Agnes Catholic Church<br>
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<br>School room at Saint Agnes Catholic Church<br>
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<br>Fallen curtain on stage in the basement of Saint Agnes Catholic Church<br>
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<br>Saint Agnes Catholic Church and School looking down La Salle Gardens<br>
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<br>Basement of Saint Agnes Catholic Church<br>
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<br>View looking down hallway at Saint Agnes Catholic School<br>
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<br>Book strewn hallway at Saint Agnes Catholic School<br>
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<br>Sanctuary at Saint Agnes Catholic Church<br>
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Location Name:  Saint Agnes Catholic Church (Detroit, Michigan)

Location Type:  Abandoned Site (Church)

Year Completed:  1924

Architect(s):  Van Leyen, Schilling, Keough and Reynolds

History:  

The beginnings of Saint Agnes Parish date back to September 1913 when the parish was founded. Originally the pastor’s residence on La Salle Gardens was used for services until construction began in 1922 on a permanent structure. Completed in 1924 by architects Van Leyen, Schilling, Keough and Reynolds, Saint Agnes served the area Catholics for over seventy years. In 1989 the parish merged with nearby Saint Teresa of Avila and formed a new parish; Martyrs of Uganda Catholic Church. The new parish used the old Saint Agnes Church as its sanctuary. The building was used as Martyrs of Uganda until that parish was closed due to declining membership and financial concerns. The last mass service held in the building was on 04 June 2006. Since that time the building has sat empty awaiting its fate.

After over five years of abandonments, Saint Agnes stands mostly in ruins. Water has long ago broken through the roof, and most of the sanctuary’s decoration has been salvaged, stolen or destroyed. The church and nearby school have been open to trespass for years and scrappers have damaged the building in search for metals. Mold fills the air as the church’s plasterwork falls from the ceiling. It is unlikely that much can be done to save the complex at this point. While there may be a chance to save the sanctuary, there is no real talk of restoring the building that is just one of many in the same position. Yet, Saint Agnes somehow keeps her composure and remains beautiful despite the ever-worsening problems that plague her.

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