Exploration: Checking Out a Modern Abandoned Building

So, I did an abandoned church a couple days ago — alone. I give myself mad props for this, because dark, empty buildings actually scare me to death. (And yet I continue to seek them out…probably for that very reason.)

The pictures aren’t great, but I was in a hurry. There was a house right next to the church and I saw lights switch on in the windows right after I got inside the sanctuary, so I wanted to get in and out ASAP.

Best thing I saw: The enormous, dark auditorium…basically a basketball court-sized room, completely silent, covered in dust. The stillness of an abandoned building really gets to you in a place that big.

Worst thing I saw: The way I got in. Not going to specify here, but I swear they were ASKING for people to trespass. I don’t destroy things (or even touch things, for that matter) when I explore, but not all people get inside old buildings just to look around. Silly, silly caretakers.

Enough of me, here is your…

Abandoned building porn (like food porn, but dustier)

abandoned church door

Overgrown entrance. Overall, this wasn’t a mind-blowing excursion. But then again we don’t have a ton of options when it comes to deserted buildings in Minnesota. I’ll take what I can find.

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Balcony view of the auditorium.

deserted church

See the dust on everything? It was THICK.

abandoned organ

Organ pipes.


Stained glass.

church hallway

I always wonder why people leave so much behind in abandoned buildings. Also note the fresh, clawlike handprint in the dust on the filing cabinet. It wasn’t mine.


Things like this are what make abandoned places sad. You know this was an expensive organ back in the day, and the money for it probably came out of churchfolks’ wallets. And now it’s literally moldering away.

That’s all, folks.

Here’s more on local exploration:
Grow: Talking Change with Gabe Sehr, Organic Farmer
Exploration: An Abandoned Farmstead with a Fantastic Dairy Barn
Exploration: Abandoned Houses in Small Towns
Exploration: Stuff I’ve Done/Seen in the Twin Cities Recently
Exploration: Checking Out a Modern Abandoned Building

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