Autopsy of Architecture

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Memorial Auditorium

Photo © 2020 David Bulit, Memorial Auditorium - Gary, Indiana

The Gary Memorial Auditorium is an abandoned civic center in Gary, Indiana, constructed to commemorate residents of the city of Gary that were killed fighting in World War I. Commissioned by the Gary Land Company, a subsidiary of the U.S. Steel Company, the building was designed by local architect Joseph Henry Wildermuth who had previously

City Methodist Church

Photo © 2019 David Bulit, City Methodist Church - Gary, Indiana

Since the city of Gary’s founding in 1906, there has always been a Methodist church within the city. In 1916, Dr. William Seaman became its pastor, a man with a dream of a new church to serve the burgeoning city. He wanted a religious presence in the neighborhood which was dotted with numerous brothels and