Methodist Church

This grand Methodist church was constructed in 1927. In 1974, the church congregation joined with another Methodist church in a new building in a nearby community. The following year, the church was shuttered and sold. The property has sat abandoned ever since.

Methodist Church
Dozens of wooden pews remain inside the abandoned church.
Methodist Church
A Wurlitzer organ rests on its side.
Methodist Church
Methodist Church
Some windows were removed after the church closed, others fell out over time.
Methodist Church
Looking out over the massive sanctuary from the pulpit.
Methodist Church
Portions of the sanctuary floor have fallen into the basement.
Methodist Church
The balcony has partially collapsed over time.
Methodist Church
Methodist Church
The church daycare was located in the basement.
Methodist Church
Methodist Church
View from the balcony of the sanctuary.

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20 comments

      1. Is this for sale, do you know?
        My fiance and I are looking to buy an old structure for our studios and gallery, also a home.

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      2. Do you have any info on who owns it? I know someone very interested in it as a gothic wedding venue. As is.

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  1. This is a facinating history. In your research did you learn where the AME church began? I grew up in Birmingham and was always perplexed when I would see that as part of the name. I think I was told that it stood for African Methodist Episcopal. I could not figure out how that mix ever came into being; it just seemed so odd to me.

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  2. The inside of this churvh is very similiar to the First United Methodist church on Arlington Avenue and 19th street in Bessemer. The congregation merged in with another church probably about 10 yrs ago. Old buildings are sad when they are left alone.

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  3. Such a beautiful building. Such a horrific waste. “Restore us again” comes to mind. Thank you for the history you bring.

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  4. It is a shame that the owner did not try and sell the seats for the wood and salvage all the windows. People that buy these old properties sometimes have no idea what it will cost. There are still things that could be salvaged and sold, letting these beautiful things sit and rot is never in anyone best interests. So Sad………

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