Detroit, North America, United States

Abandoned Detroit – Abundant Life Christian Church.

June 24, 2013

Detroit is full of abandoned buildings and the extent of urban blight is frankly shocking. Small mom and pop shops, large factories like the Packard Plant, homes, schools and even churches like this one – the former site of the Abundant Life Christian Church.

I know that locals aren’t happy with tourists coming to the city for the express purpose of exploring abandoned buildings. They want everyone to know there’s so much more to Detroit. And I believe this to be true after staying at an urban farm for the weekend and checking out things like the Heidelberg Project.

However, I couldn’t help but be fascinated by these empty buildings and when I saw this church, I knew it was a place I just had to see for myself. What I found was eerie, haunting and in a way, beautiful. 

Calvary Presbyterian:Abundant Life Christian Church

Calvary Presbyterian:Abundant Life Christian Church

Calvary Presbyterian:Abundant Life Christian Church

Calvary Presbyterian:Abundant Life Christian Church

Calvary Presbyterian:Abundant Life Christian Church

While it’s sad to see such a beautiful building fall victim to decay and neglect, there’s no shortage of places for people to go and worship. Detroit has plenty of churches and actually has more churches per square mile than any other city in the US.

Vacant since 2009 after a fire broke out in the church attic, looters began taking items from church and gradually picked it apart until nothing was left. The pews and stained glass windows have long since disappeared.

Calvary Presbyterian:Abundant Life Christian Church

Calvary Presbyterian:Abundant Life Christian Church

Calvary Presbyterian:Abundant Life Christian Church

Calvary Presbyterian:Abundant Life Christian Church

Calvary Presbyterian:Abundant Life Christian Church

Calvary Presbyterian:Abundant Life Christian Church

Calvary Presbyterian:Abundant Life Christian Church

To learn more about the history of the Abundant Life Christian Church, check out this article from Detroit Urbex.

Abundant Life Christian Church
8240 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI ‎


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  • Reply Raymond @ Man On The Lam July 4, 2013 at 3:52 am

    Love this! I went to an abandoned beach resort in Mexico, but this…this is special. 🙂

    • Reply Cheryl Howard July 4, 2013 at 12:07 pm

      @Raymond – It was very special! An abandoned beach resort sounds pretty interesting as well. 🙂

  • Reply Jeska September 17, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    I find something so beautiful in abandoned buildings. Feels so surreal.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard September 17, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      Jeska – Me too! Although, I hope more than anything that Detroit’s on the path to recovery.

  • Reply Linda May 9, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Cheryl, my father was the minister of this church on Grand River from 1956-1967. It was Calvary Presbyterian and had a beautiful sanctuary with a magnificent organ, chapel downstairs, huge gym, many classrooms, offices, etc. Members were very involved in the Civil Rights struggle. After almost 50 years I returned to Detroit and we drove past it just this week. Like being in a ghost town.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard May 11, 2015 at 8:18 am

      Hey Linda –

      Thanks for your comment and sharing your story. It must have been a surreal experience to see the church how it is today!

      Hope Detroit makes the comeback it deserves.

      Cheryl

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