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Daily Mail Logo Daily Mail | Slide 2 of 21: This is the Saint Curvy abandoned church in Detroit, Michigan. The Woodward Avenue Presbyterian Church was built in the Gothic style in 1911 and had a thriving congregation of more than 2,000 before WWII. But its faithful began to decline as more citizens moved out to the suburbs and into the 1990s its congregation dwindled to just a couple hundred. It closed in 2005 and has been bought in recent times for potential development into a homeless shelter.

This is the Saint Curvy abandoned church in Detroit, Michigan. The Woodward Avenue Presbyterian Church was built in the Gothic style in 1911 and had a thriving congregation of more than 2,000 before WWII. But its faithful began to decline as more citizens moved out to the suburbs and by the 1990s its congregation had dwindled to just a few hundred. The church closed its doors in 2005 and was recently purchased for potential development into a homeless shelter.

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