Demolished First Unitarian Church in Detroit

Demolished First Unitarian Church in Detroit ABANDONED SPACES
Several fires damaged the interior of the First Unitarian Church in Detroit in the 2000s, before a massive fire on the morning of May 10th, 2014 caused the destruction of the First Unitarian Church in Detroit. Demolished First Unitarian Church in Detroit.
The sanctuary is relatively empty, aside from a few fixtures an organ, and a homeless man named Brian visible in the shadows on the right.

Detroit has been described by some as a ghost town. The city of Detroit has been going through abandonment issues since as early as the 1960s. Around 70,000 buildings, 31,000 homes, and 90,000 vacant lots all abandoned in Detroit.

Detroit has many abandoned factories, warehouses, churches, and hospitals, some are famous worldwide, such as the Northville State Hospital. Others less so, such as Detroit’s Motor Transportation Garage.

First Unitarian Church, located on Woodward avenue just west of downtown, was built in 1890 to serve the city’s growing Unitarian congregation. Though there were initial concerns that it was located too far outside of downtown, the city quickly advanced its borders outward, and churches of other denominations settled nearby.

When Woodward Avenue was widened in 1934, the porch and a two-story tower of the church were removed, and the front facade was replaced. Later that year congregation merged with First Universalist Church, becoming First Unitarian-Universalist Church, and they moved to their present location on Cass Avenue in 1937. The church was sold to a Church of Christ Congregation, and after changing ownership several times, was abandoned.

Several fires damaged the interior of the church in the 2000s, before a massive fire on the morning of May 10th, 2014 caused the destruction of the church.

First Unitarian Church as it originally appeared in 1921.
Demolished First Unitarian Church in Detroit
The church was altered significantly when Woodward avenue was widened; the porch have been removed, the front façade and turret have been shortened, and the stained glass windows changed.
Demolished First Unitarian Church in Detroit
After the renovations were completed.
Demolished First Unitarian Church in Detroit
Demolished First Unitarian Church in Detroit
Demolished First Unitarian Church in Detroit
Demolished First Unitarian Church in Detroit
Another homeless man, Antoine, said that the church had burned several times since its closure.
Demolished First Unitarian Church in Detroit
Demolished First Unitarian Church in Detroit
Demolished First Unitarian Church in Detroit
Upstairs were a few offices, heavily damaged by fire and smoke.
Demolished First Unitarian Church in Detroit
View from the balcony.
Demolished First Unitarian Church in Detroit
Among the items found in the sanctuary.
Demolished First Unitarian Church in Detroit
Demolished First Unitarian Church in Detroit
The church was destroyed in an early-morning fire on May 10th, 2014.
Demolished First Unitarian Church in Detroit
The church, June of 2010.
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