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People's Community Church - Photos

The sanctuary photographed from the choir looking toward the main entrance on Woodward Avenue

The balcony is paneled with a Gothic arch motif and completely encompasses the auditorium.

The baptismal pool behind the altar

Room attached to sanctuary

Beautiful interior woodwork almost everywhere

A different look at the baptismal pool behind the altar

One of the many staircases in the building

The front facade has a massive, Gothic-arched traceried window balanced with a large square flat-roofed corner tower containing the entryway.

In May 1954, twenty-one dreamers met in the home of Mrs.Gertrude Banks with one common purpose and desire, to materialize their dream of establishing a church where they could secure spiritual nourishment for their souls in harmony and in love. They called themselves "The Pathfinders".

One of the bathrooms on the second floor

The portion of the balcony over the sanctuary contains the choir loft and organ pipes.

The interior of the church with a large, square, barrel-vaulted central auditorium containing wooden pews arranged in a semi-circle.

Detail shot of the three-manual J. P. Moeller organ and pipes ordered by the First Baptist Church in 1938.

The transepts on both the main floor and balcony level are constructed to be used as either classrooms or, by opening partitions, overflow seating space

Another view at the sanctuary from a different angle

A look at the space behind the large organ pipes that are visible above the altar

Walking up to that space

More organ details behind the scenes

A look inside the attic with the barrel-vaulted central auditorium to the left

Walking up the barrel-vaulted central auditorium

A view at the skylight from the attic

A look inside the belle tower