Empty Pews

Nothing can be emptier than a closed church. This is Saint Joseph's Church in Salem, Massachusetts. This once vibrant parish has been closed for 7 years now. There was a plan in place to demolish it and to redevelop the site into housing and shops. That demolition plan is on hold due to the architectural significance, called "International style," of the building.

There is a nice park across the street where you can see a monument to World War I and II veterans from St. Joe's. The inscription around the winged angel of victory reads, "time will not dim the glory of their deeds. I have embedded a Youtube video on the move to save St. Joe's, at the end of this post.
Photo and collage: CrazyasaCoolFox
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There is a legend that a statue of Saint Joseph from the original structure, that was destroyed in the Great Salem Fire, was buried in the parking lot while it was being rebuilt. Where would one bury that statue, and should it be unearthed? 

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Winifred said…
Lovely photos. It's so sad to see churches closing but it's a sign of the times. Reminds me of the Philip Larkin poem "Church Going".

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