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Old Posted Oct 5, 2019, 5:17 AM
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Churches of The Rust Belt

I decided to post this in buildings and architecture instead of my city photos, since there aren't one specific city but a whole giant region of the US. Anyways...

For the past 7 years I have been systematically photographing every noteworthy and or mostly unknown historic churches of the Rust Belt and close to rust belt historic churches. Been to every town, nook/cranny, and city of the Rust-Belt from Baltimore to Detroit, Lansing, western Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, St. Louis, northern Kentucky, Indiana, Chicago, Milwaukee, most of Illinois, Buffalo, Rochester, all of Pennsylvania photographing every last beautiful historic church of the region. Its taken tens of thousands of dollars and tons of time to do it. I am finally nearly finishing this journey; only have have a few most rust belt or those in close proximity to the rust belt churches to go. Here is the fruit of my labour. I am publishing a book on all of these churches and hope to enlighten Americans of the beauty of this countries and mainly regions church architecture and the importance of its preservation.

Most Americans are clueless of the boundless beauty that surrounds them when it comes to architecture. Everyone thinks you have to go to Europe to see beautiful and richly historic churches. This is clearly not the case. I am by no means religious, in fact I mostly despise religion. But, the architectural legacy and history that the buildings represent needs to be preserved. I have been documenting these treasures for the better part of a decade because most of the rust belts churches are closing and or will eventually close. The architecture and history will be lost forever, unless something is done to preserve them.

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Old Posted Oct 5, 2019, 7:49 AM
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Magnificent! Your book will be a treasure of fine images.
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Old Posted Oct 5, 2019, 8:17 PM
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Great places and pictures!
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Old Posted Oct 7, 2019, 2:53 PM
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Wow. . . amazing photos. . . thanks for sharing. . .

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Old Posted Oct 7, 2019, 5:08 PM
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These are fantastic Chris!
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Old Posted Oct 11, 2019, 6:46 AM
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Thanks Jmanc. Going to Utica, Syracuse etc next week to photograph some of the last churches of the rust belt I haven't gotten. I'm sure you know of some spots in Utica to get bomb pizza.
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Great photos! Thanks for documenting these buildings.
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Old Posted Oct 20, 2019, 2:10 AM
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Finally got up to central upstate NY this weekend, was just in Rochester, which is a total hell hole and got this photo of one of the most awesome churches I've seen, just north of downtown; St. Michaels Catholic Church. Going all the way through the Finger Lakes to take photos of all the small 1830's-40's Greek Revival Churches, some of the earliest Mormon stuff and then over to Sleepy Hollow to take photos of the oldest Dutch colonial 17th century church in the Hudson River Valley.

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Beautiful pictures. I wish I knew where each pic was taken though. I also agree about not caring about religion myself, but loving the architecture and history of the buildings. I think the same thing can be said about municipal architecture as well-so many fine old courthouses and other beautiful and historic municipal buildings gone or rotting away-and not just in the area you are targeting here. Such a shame.
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Old Posted Oct 26, 2019, 3:17 AM
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So, I finally made it to Upstate NY last week and recently got back. Got photos of most of the churches I wanted to; heres what I mapped out to take photos of; and the following photos are what I will include in my book.

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St. Mary's Catholic Church in Auburn, NY

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Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Syracuse, NY

ACV_6252 by photolitherland, on Flickr
Sage Chapel, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

ACV_6217 by photolitherland, on Flickr
St. Peters Church, Rome, NY

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Smallest Church in the World, Cross Island Chapel, Oneida, NY

ACV_6184 by photolitherland, on Flickr
Assumption Catholic Church, Syracuse
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I assumed you got my PM? Get any good pizza in Utica?
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I drove through Utica briefly, didnt really photograph any of the churches as the one in Rome was the prettiest out of all the ones in that area. I did have some bomb pizza though in Utica and some not so bomb sushi, actually some of the worst sushi Ive ever had, in Rome. I also stayed at one of the most disgusting motels ever in Rome, was clearly a motel used for prostitution and drug sales, The Red Carpet Inn. Rome was a horrifyingly depressing place; nearly on par but for different depressing reasons as most of the towns Ive photographed in southern WV. Out of all the towns and cities I visited, I liked Syracuse the best. I've been to Buffalo many times, its pretty cool, but out of all three bigger Upstate cities; Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse; Id have to say that Syracuse had the nicest downtown with the most intact historic architecture and nicest places to eat. Rochesters downtown is a massive dump that was clearly mostly destroyed in the 60s and 70's; although Rochester did have some nice hoods on the southeastern side of downtown that seemed pretty upscale and nice.
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Rome is a pit. Lost Griffiss AFB in mid 90's a slew of other industries before and after. At least you saw Armory Sq in Syracuse. Great architecture there and the area has so much potential.
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Syracuse has a lot of great preserved architecture, and there is potential. Though I found the downtown to be pretty disjointed with a lot of surface lots and overall general vagrancy.
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