Update: This was the second church that replaced an earlier structure, which probably was too small to handle increasing parish membership. The senior center is now closed, and the building appears to be abandoned.
Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church, built as the wave of migration to the suburbs picked up in the 1950’s, is now a victim to that same migration that has continued further west. It is now closed, and converted into a senior center.
Unfortunately, as can be seen in these older photos of the church’s interior, it is a unique building, and many of its original features are now gone.
As can be seen below, the owners have still not definitively fixed the ongoing roof problems, present since the time this was still a Catholic parish. Shingles have impaled themselves on the chain link fence below.
Likewise, this stone could use a good powerwash.
But from what I’ve seen from pictures, the stained glass must be truly wonderful to see from the inside.
Sadly, the parish house seen in the Built St. Louis photo has been demolished, and the school is closed, boarded up with now weathered plywood.
Upon closer inspection, the copper gutter was ripped back from its mooring along the roof. Was it just the weather, or has someone begun to scavenge for copper on this neglected building? The results are immediate, as the water is now running down the side of the building.
Across the street, a house sits abandoned. Did the owners once walk across the street to mass? Why is this house in this shape now?