The amazing technicolor dream church.....
There’s just so much that can be said about this beautiful church. Even though I’ve posted a few pictures of it, I’ve held back from posting them all because my entire Instagram feed would be full of images of this spectacular place. I was lucky enough to have gone inside successfully twice, but did venture to the property three times. And as they say “three times a charm”, because as of now I can never go back.
My first visit here was at approximately 6:30am on a Friday morning with my good friend who is also a model. Our intentions were that she’d model for me for about an hour and then we’d bounce out. She had only been in a handful of abandoned locations with me and this was actually my first explore into a church so it was going to be an exciting morning for us.
When we pulled up to the property I was super surprised as it was much smaller than I imagined it to be. I had seen only a few images of it on my Instagram feed from other photographers and from their posts I expected this location to be way more impressive than it was from the outside. Yet it stood there, just barely set back from a very busy street on an open, mowed plot of land in the middle of a residential neighborhood.
We circled it to see the power was on inside the building and the back parking lot was brightly lit up. We nonchalantly tried every door. We pulled them all pretty hard but not one budged. We circled again. Tried them again. And same result. There was zero access inside. Feeling defeated we walked back to our car and then fed our disappointment with omelettes and hot tea at the local diner.
A week later we both returned and tried again. Me, carrying my twenty pounds of camera equipment and my half awake friend lugging a bag with various dresses walked back up to the church, but this time about fifteen minutes earlier around 6:15am. We yanked on the same doors from the week prior and this time one opened and we got inside.
I wish I could say the first room was covered in the most beautiful furniture and abandoned paraphernalia but instead it was an industrial kitchen with a leaky ceiling and stinky refrigerator. My assumption was we were in the event side of the church where maybe wedding receptions were held as it wasn’t part of the main tower but a separate long rectangular room that jutted off the back of the church. Ahead of us was a dimly lit hallway and we followed it.
As most explorers do who are afraid of getting caught for trespassing, we scooted quickly past windows with open curtains and kept our voices at a whisper. That all changed though when we entered the rainbow tower. “Holy shit,” I said as soon as I stepped inside. And from that moment on my friend and I went to work. She modeled. I photographed. And the rest is history.
Well, maybe not.
As I said above I did go three times. I returned with explorer friends who lived out of town and who were dying to go inside. Our explore was all of fifteen minutes and they captured some of the best photos I have ever seen of the inside, including my debut in modeling as "creepy pink haired girl." (She will make more cameos in my Instagram feed so stay tuned!)
Many call this location the technicolor church or the disco church but I like to call it the rainbow church. I can personally say that based on all my past explores this location was the most peaceful and comforting and in a sense I felt very at home here. I even commented the minute I stepped inside that I felt calmer because of my surroundings. My friend thought I was freaking nuts though. From what I could tell based on my second visit, vandals and trespassers had broken a bunch of the beautiful colored windows and thrown a ton of stuff around, including two flags. As of a month ago the entire property has been fenced and contents of the inside including the pews have been removed. I am not sure of the final fate of this place but I do know what memories it holds for me and how the images tell my story and for that I am super grateful.
For my personal Instagram:
For my beautiful model friend's page:
www.instagram.com/helloserenityhart -Serenity Hart
For my fellow photographer/friend who joined me on my second venture:
www.instagram.com/forty_whacks -Bianca Razza
The following images were photographed by me with model: Serenity Hart.
The following image was photographed by me with model: Bianca Razza.
The following images were photographed by Bianca Razza with model: myself.