Oh Father, Where Art Thou? Part 1

Next up in this Detroit Urbex adventure that I took this past summer is the beautiful St. Agnes Church. We had been planning this trip to Detroit for what seemed like an eternity, with a list a mile long of buildings we wanted to see. Unfortunately there is only so much you can do in a day, and we really didn’t want to cross the boarder multiple times over the weekend, so needless to say a lot of buildings got the axe. St. Agnes Church luckily did not! This church is full of history, and was only abandoned recently, but has seen a very fast decline into a state of disarray.
St. Agnes Church was our first entry of the day, and as soon as we walked through the door, my mind was blown! This was litterally the first abandoned place I have ever entered in my life. I didn’t know what to expect, would there be other people there? Would there be anything dangerous or harmful? Who knows at that point, and I didn’t really want to do to much research before hand as I wanted it to be a surprise. Maybe that’s why my stomach was so upset in the morning?
St. Agnes Church is a Gothic era building that was completed in 1924 after the parish out grew the Paster’s own house, where they had been meeting since 1913. The Church remained in service until 1989, when the parish of St. Agnes and another church, St. Theresa, became small enough to merge. This left the building empty for a year until the Martyrs of Uganda Parish was established. That congregation lasted until 2006, when they ran into financial difficulties and could no longer operate out of the building. The property has a significantly sized school in the back that looked to be used for primary aged children, and focused primarily on religion. Unfortunately we only had about 30 minutes to spend in this building due to so many other things we had to see that day, so we did not get to enter the school, but if I ever make it back to Detroit it is going to be on my list! Stay tuned for part 2 of this series where I will share a few more pictures of St. Agnes.