Cleveland: St. Joseph Byzantine Roman Catholic Church

peeling walls

Last year, we lost one of Cleveland’s more striking locations with neither warning nor fanfare.  St. Joseph Byzantine Roman Catholic was a Mission Revival/Spanish Colonial Revival church built in 1933, well known for its extravagant hand painted details.

stjoseph-1973-clay_herrick A 1973 photo by Clay Herrick, found on abandonedonline

The church on Orleans gave its final service on Easter Sunday in 1980, and the congregation moved to their new church in nearby Brecksville, where they still operate today.   The property cycled between a couple different church organizations who ultimately abandoned it, and eventually tore it down.

This was from around 2011-2012:

12190015_2938351818870_3040873240717450442_n I didn’t take this one, but I did get in the way of it.

And this was from 2015. DSC_2088

While it like a lot of places I’ve enjoyed visiting the first time around with its door hanging open like an invitation, the second time around was not so easy.  Shortly after our final…

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