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Uncertain future by JeffreyDobbs Uncertain future by JeffreyDobbs
One of the saddest traits of Americans is the abandonment of beautiful architectural fragments of our history, for new and shiny buldings that lack the character, charm, and intricacy of old building styles. This beautiful church now lies unused, and although deemed by the state as a "historical site" it is not being kept up.

St. Mary's Church began as a mission of the Catholic diocese of Grand Rapids. The first church was built around 1884. The parish grew to become a predominantly Polish congregation while under the pastorate of Father Casmir Skory (1892 - 1905). In 1893 Father Skory founded the St. Mary's School, which was served by the Dominican Sisters. Father Skory was instrumental in the planning and construction of this church in 1900.

The Neo-Gothic St. Mary's Catholic Church has been a Gaylord landmark since it was dedicated on September 15, 1900. When the Diocese of Gaylord was established in 1972, the church became the cathedral. The diocese built a new cathedral in 1976 and closed St. Mary's. In 1985 a local group, fearing the building would be razed, purchased it for use as a performing arts center, which they named the Mount Carmel Centre.

Week six submission to #Mission52's photo a week challenge.

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omarkaviles Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Epic Church Shot! Great job!
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JeffreyDobbs Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you kindly! :)
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supersonic3225 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Is it still standing there?
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JeffreyDobbs Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Photographer
It is still there. Interestingly it is marked as a historic site for the state of Michigan, but no one is taking care of it at the time. Hopefully someone will be able to put it to use soon!
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grayorca Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely shot. Definitely one of the most beautiful buildings Gaylord has to offer. :nod:
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JeffreyDobbs Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
I agree! I saw it from the main street downtown, and had to go and get a better look. :) It's a shame that it's going unused right now. :(
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Wonderer1000 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
A great photo! Wonderful flare and mood! :) :D
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JeffreyDobbs Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you! You're too kind, as ever. :hug:
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