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.
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.
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