One of the first impressions one gains when walking by the remains of the one-time City Methodist Church in downtown Gary is that the structure has been heavily vandalized and tagged with graffiti.
Yet an official with the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago suggested that the city, in its efforts to turn the remains at 6th Avenue and Washington Street into a viable tourist attraction, might well be able to use the idea of graffiti to its advantage.
Mario Longoni, an urban research manager for the Field Museum, took part in a workshop March 22 coordinated by the Gary Redevelopment Commission to get public suggestions on what should become of the building, which opened Oct. 3, 1926, and at its peak in 1952 was the largest Methodist congregation in the Midwestern U.S. with 3,185 parishioners, officials said.
It closed as a church on Oct. 5, 1975, with a congregation that had shrunk to 320 people.
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