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St. Joseph Byzantine Catholic Church in Cleveland, Ohio

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Apr. 13th, 2009 | 08:16 pm
posted by: ghandiavelli in abandonedplaces

Images from a visit to St. Joseph Byzantine Catholic Church in Cleveland, Ohio.

These images are all so much better viewed larger. You can click through to Flickr where I believe you can view larger sizes.


 (2009-04-11) St. Joseph Church - 0010And8more Saturday I visited St. Joseph Byzantine Catholic Church in Cleveland.
 (2009-04-11) St. Joseph Church - 0019And8more Byzantine Catholics worship like the Orthodox, but the Pope is the head of their church. Consequently, their churches are elaborately decorated, like Orthodox churches.
 (2009-04-11) St. Joseph Church - 0046_48_50_52_54 St. Joseph was a Baptist church for a while before it fell into disuse.
 (2009-04-11) St. Joseph Church - 0091_3_5_7_9 The plaster is rotting away from exposure to the humid air, because all the windows are gone.
 (2009-04-11) St. Joseph Church - 0100_2_4_6_8 The floor also is entirely gone.
 (2009-04-11) St. Joseph Church - 0127_29_31_33_35 
 (2009-04-11) St. Joseph Church - 0136_38_40_42_44 
 (2009-04-11) St. Joseph Church - 0163_65_67_69_71 The only graffiti in the whole place is seen here on the right side.
 (2009-04-11) St. Joseph Church - 0199_201_203_205_207 There were verses of scripture on the walls, both in English and in Church Slavonic. A liturgical language like Latin was in the Western church before Vatican II. Used in the Church, but not a first language for anyone.
 (2009-04-11) St. Joseph Church - 0217_19_21_23_25 
 (2009-04-11) St. Joseph Church - 0235_37_39_41_43 I was a little surprised that all the ethnic decorum was left when the building was taken over by the Baptists. Particularly the images of the Virgin Mary.
 (2009-04-11) St. Joseph Church - 0244_46_48_50_52 
 (2009-04-11) St. Joseph Church Portraits - 0001 James "Karl Marx" Rinto, one of my co-conspirators.
 (2009-04-11) St. Joseph Church Portraits - 0006 Cool reflection in his cop sunglasses. You can see all of us, and the entire church behind us.
 (2009-04-11) St. Joseph Church Portraits - 0032 James Ashford
 (2009-04-11) St. Joseph Church Portraits - 0041 Matt Porreca, my navigator and videographer.

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Shadow Greentrees/Sabersinger aka Joyce Chng

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from: jolantru
date: Apr. 14th, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
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Oh wow!

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windy_withers

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from: windy_withers
date: Apr. 14th, 2009 01:13 pm (UTC)
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I love Cleveland... the city holds so many secrets and cool ethnic corridors. I miss being home! Totally OT, but if you're interested in early Cleveland history-- mostly the notorious and unsolved crimes that you can go back and see the locations through the city, there are books by John Stark Bellamy that are awesome reads.

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slayer_bulia

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from: slayer_bulia
date: Apr. 14th, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC)
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Wow!

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cynical carnivale

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from: maggieb
date: Apr. 14th, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
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where exactly is this (what neighborhood?). And you had no trouble getting in and not getting cops on your case? Beautiful pics. I feel an adventure coming on...

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Joseph L. Harris, Sr.

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from: ghandiavelli
date: Apr. 14th, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC)
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I'm pretty sure it is in Shaker Heights, the side door is wide open, there's room to park several cars in back and we saw no cops.

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hurricane kelsey

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from: iamkat
date: Apr. 14th, 2009 02:16 pm (UTC)
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my dad grew up in shaker :D

creepy.. if the name on your LJ is correct.. i'm a Harris too.. from cleveland. kind of weird.

are you from there? i'm driving up in july and would loooove someone to explore with.

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Joseph L. Harris, Sr.

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from: ghandiavelli
date: Apr. 14th, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
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I'm from Columbus. Next road trip will probably be either to Youngstown or down along tthe Ohio River.

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Dorkula

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from: katiethereader
date: Apr. 14th, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
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My Dad's whole family is from Youngstown. I only know tidbits of information. They used have a general store there. Put up most of the money to start the first library in the town. The relatives were either nice, mean, or batshit crazy.

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Nicole Vasickanin

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from: Nicole Vasickanin
date: Oct. 24th, 2012 10:52 pm (UTC)
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It is in the Union-Miles Park area of Cleveland, not Shaker Heights. I am not going to reveal the exact location so more damage does not come to it, nor the church next door. My grandfather was baptized and married here. The church moved because parishoners' cars were being stolen and broken into, and they feared for their safety, especially at night.

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Kori

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from: kaydee_13
date: Apr. 14th, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC)
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Wow. It looks like something you'd try to create for a Resident Evil film.

The shots are beautiful.

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faeriecat

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from: faeriecat
date: Apr. 14th, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
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just exquisite. took my breath away.

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+ Lithium Princess +

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from: genniferholland
date: Apr. 14th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
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Beautiful, but extremely melancholy.

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Luke McGuff

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from: holyoutlaw
date: Apr. 14th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
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Beautiful shots, well done, and it warms my heart to see a Catholic church in ruins.

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Adam

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from: bassbone
date: Apr. 15th, 2009 02:56 am (UTC)
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What a horrid thing to say...

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Vigrid

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from: fenerkulesi
date: Apr. 14th, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
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That's so pretty... I wish we could see more like these...

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onyx_noir

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from: onyx_noir
date: Apr. 14th, 2009 09:16 pm (UTC)
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Gorgeous photos!

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from: nehmet
date: Apr. 15th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
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Wonderful shots! Ruined churches are my favorites.

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katzenklavier

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from: firemasque
date: Apr. 15th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
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These are just breathtakingly beautiful.

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