Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Assumption, Inside Out

Speaking of Assumption BVM...

Abandonedamerica.org super-photographer Matthew Murray is working on a gallery of recent interior pics of the place. It's not done yet, but he was kind enough to post the following image on his Facebook page:

Striking, no? It actually kind of makes Siloam's case for them, since it's really tough to imagine anyone having the resources to make any sort of restoration possible. That place is still standing and will probably continue to do so for some time, but dear God, it looks awful.

Interestingly, though, the stained glass windows are still present in the apse. I thought I noticed them back when I did my exterior shots, but I couldn't bring myself to believe the originals were actually still there. The Project wonders how the hell they made it this far--and, really, why they weren't removed with the others in the first place.

Should be one hell of a collection when it's done. Thoughts?


  1. I don't think they can afford to have the windows removed.
    If they are in a severe state of deterioration, the costs to remove them safely would outweigh the cost when sold, if ever.
    In the past, old windows sold were at what appeared to be current market prices, with the reasoning that the monies from the sales was to go to the new church which assumed the records from the closed church.
    The market can not afford this type of stained glass window, therefore a more modern, abstract design is the norm.

  2. Project,
    I had the opportunity to stop by the church this morning and I can verify that the 5 windows in the sanctuary in indeed still in place. I could not make out the design theme of the central window but the 4 flanking windows are of the 4 evangelist.
    Early American stained glass not of great design worth.

  3. That was a beautiful place at one time.

    What a shame.

  4. Thanks for the update. Given the building's age, it makes a certain amount of sense. That said, the nave set were probably of the same quality--RC church windows are almost always the same make and style--so it's still curious as to why they went while the others stayed.

  5. Another place that the archdiocese let rot...like Transfiguration and Our Lady of Mercy.

    Building these ugly mega-churches in the suburbs is so much more important than preserving history.

  6. Why did they buy it in the first place? Why didn't they buy an empty lot or a place that was vacant and did not need expensive restoration? Duh, this is ordinary common sense or did they have ideas about flipping it. The Catholic church should buy it back and save it for the community!
    Read what David Traub has written: