Then & Now: The Deterioration of Abandoned St. Agnes’ Church in Detroit

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The conjoined image above underscores the relatively short space of time necessary for an abandoned building to decay once it’s no longer maintained.  Featured in our 5 Pillars of the Abandoned World article, St Agnes’ Church in Detroit was in good order in July 2009.  But by May of last year water damage and mold had caused the elegant masonry to start crumbling. Couple with that the removal of organ pipes, chandeliers, altar and stained glass windows, and St. Agnes’ Church is well on its way to becoming yet another example of crumbling grandeur on the Detroit skyline.

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St. Agnes’ Church was built in 1924 to replace a temporary structure that had served the parish of St. Agnes in Detroit since about 1914.  The grand ecclesiastical structure served the Catholic community until 1989, after which it passed to the Martyrs of Uganda.  The church finally closed in 2006 due to financial troubles, and remained in good condition for the next few years.  But as Detroiturbex points out, the combination of time, neglect and likely vandalism have begun to take their toll on St. Agnes’.

Keep reading – explore these 5 Incredible Pillars of the Abandoned World.



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