Situated in the centre of a small town sits this Abandoned 1800s Church! Zenning with Zay & I were on our second day of a road trip when we spotted the boarded up windows & decided to stop for a closer look. Sure enough, it was abandoned!
The Abandoned 1800s Church was built in 1881 & remodeled just 10 years later. The church was built using white oak for the frame work & red brick for the exterior all done by locals!
As you can clearly see, this church towers over the surrounding farm fields & can been spotted from several kilometers away! To the west of the church is the former rectory which has since been converted into an old age home. The rectory was built a year after the church & later renovated close to 50 years later. There is also a limestone monument that was erected in 1919 as a war memorial for the community & surrounding area.
One of the distinct features of the church is also leading to its demise. The bell tower, which is from French Canadian Roman Catholic style has some structural issues. This is causing significant water damage on the two levels below. The front entrance way is so decayed that it appears someone had gone partially through the floor! There is a balcony where the organist sat & likely the choir & it was pretty sketchy going up there but I pressed on! I made sure to keep away from the obviously rotted flooring!
I must say that the view from the balcony was pretty impressive! I absolutely loved the architecture inside with the tall pillars, domed ceiling & many big windows!
Due to the history & unique architecture of this beautiful building, it has gained historical value. This means that any development of it will need to keep certain elements as is. Its sad to see it rotting away like this but hopefully someone, some day will save it!