Gothic revival limestone elements are flanked by trees in a courtyard outside the sanctuary of City Methodist Church in downtown Gary, Ind., Sunday, August 8, 2010.
In a recent visit to the ruins of Gary’s abandoned City Methodist Church, I was reminded yet again why this has quickly become one of my favorite places to explore through a lens. There is always something new to discover, even with less than a month since my previous visit. The structure continually melts away and morphs into more abstract forms, much like a sand castle gradually being eroded by the incoming tide. The man-made elements continue to fight a fleeting battle against mother’s nature’s unstoppable organic soldiers. Platoons of trees flank the north end of the sanctuary while troops of green ivy advance against the red bricks high overhead. The scars of war are ever increasing, and sadly, one day, the church will lose the fight. For groups of urban explorers from around the world, Gary’s City Methodist has proved to be one of the finest battle studies in existence.