Slice of Life: The Church of Better Days

We’ve all seen buildings that have seen better days.  Because I have a soft spot for churches, this one seems extra sad.

This is Saint Stephenson Missionary Baptist Church on South Ashland.  It looks like it used to be another church entirely.  Looking at historic photos of the area, it appears that the church was closed and abandoned for years before becoming what it is now.

Unfortunately, it looks like the Baptists are just using the ground floor as the windows, woodwork, and details of the rest of the building are in a state of miserable disrepair. Even the roof is coming off, and the cupola looks like it could cave in upon itself.

Author: Editor

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