City Church Ruins Garden
City Church, located at 6th & Washington, was built in 1925 under the leadership of Rev. William Grant Seaman. Today it is a popular destination for urban explorers, photographers, and filmers. Due to a fire in 1997, the building has lost much of its roof and is fairly unstable in some areas but local residents and travelers alike still enjoy the opportunity to visit the antiquated structure. City Church has been the backdrop in several productions including Netflix’s Sense8, Nightmare on Elm Street and countless other independent films.
In June 2017, the Gary Redevelopment Commission was awarded $165,000 by Knight Foundation to have the structure surveyed for stability and repurposed to be used safely by all. The GRC has is considering a European-style ruins garden to allow fun, public-use of the site. What ideas do you have for it?
The Gary Redevelopment Commission (GRC) and the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) invite interdisciplinary student teams to create a conceptual design for the abandoned City Church building. For more information, visit the City Church Design Competition page or contact the Gary Redevelopment Commission at (219) 886-1531.
Structural Assessment 2017
Kick-off Block Party - Sept. 2017
Did you miss the block party? On September 8th, Gary Redevelopment Commission had a great time with community members. We had food, fun and a photo booth as we spread the word about City Church plans. Click below to see our suggestion box, download activity sheets or scroll through the photobooth pictures.