St. Joseph Byzantine Catholic Church, formerly located in the Union-Miles Park neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio, was constructed in 1913 and rebuilt in 1933. Featuring Mission Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival architectural styles and intricate interior frescoes, the church featured one of the most elaborate interiors of any in the neighborhood. It’s congregation numbers declined in the 1970’s as the surrounding neighborhood declined before the church closed altogether in 1980. The building was repurposed for another church before becoming abandoned in 2002.

The church was a favorite of many to photograph, myself included. After the building was abandoned, the flooring system was scrapped for the steel. Remnants of the wood floor and other debris were carelessly piled into the former crawlspace, forming an apocalyptic scene inside

On February 15, 2016, reported that the church had been demolished on a recent trip they had taken to the city.

Somehow, I am reminded of architectural photographer and historical preservationist Richard Nickel who once said that “great architecture has only two natural enemies: water and stupid men.” I tend to agree. More on this now demolished church’s history and for a full gallery →