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), in partnership with the Legacy Foundation, is soliciting qualifications from emerging and established artists for the 2018 City Church Art Competition (CCAC). The GRC will award one $10,000 project stipend to an artist (or team of artists) who submit a proposal that adheres to the CCAC guidelines. Click here to review the RFQ and download the PDF. The deadline for artists’ submissions of qualifications is Friday, June 1, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. (CST). Similar to the Gary Public Art Competition, interested artists will submit an application, an internal review committee will select the most competitive applicants and request formal proposals, which will then be published online for a public vote to determine the eventual awardee. For more information, 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.