Pearl Avenue churches

On the corner of 32nd and Pearl – former St. Vitus Croatian Catholic Church [thanks, Cheryl!]
Pearl and 32nd church

On the corner of Pearl and 33rd stands a former Jewish synagogue.
Pearl and 33rd church

On the corner of Pearl and 34th. Former St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church [thanks, Dorothy!]
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Pearl and 34th church
A view from the Auditor’s site.
3405 pearl ave

6 thoughts on “Pearl Avenue churches

  1. Sad to see so many empty landmarks… the second church was Christ Lutheran but their congregation moved to Clinton Avenue down past St Lad’s Club…

    The basement level is home to the Lorain County Free Clinic:

    Not sure if the wood frame church on Pearl and 32nd is empty too… not to mention the empty Slovenian Club at 31st and Pearl and the former fire station on the same corner.


    • On the FB, a commenter said that the Lutheran church started out as a Jewish temple. I thought the original temple was downtown. I did notice that the cornerstone on the former St. Vitus was erased and it was noted on FB that the cornerstone on the marked-as-Lutheran church was also erased.
      Thank you for all the information that you share here, drdamwi. Sharing your knowledge of Lorain is always appreciated here πŸ™‚


      • This building was constructed as a synagogue. In the early 1930s Lorain’s synagogues merged and constructed the building at 9th & Reid. In the early 1980s the Lorain Clergy Association had a clergy representative at the building when the Lorain County Free Clinic had its hours. I saw that the cornerstone was erased but did see that behind the church’s pulpit was an open area that must have housed the ark where the Torah (first 5 books of the Bible) scrolls were kept. Some of our Agudath B’nai Israel members remembered the building as a synagogue and confirmed what I saw. The original inside stone plaque that was in the entrance to the building is now at the synagogue at 1707 Meister Rd.
        Rabbi Shalom Bronstein (rabbi at ABI 1977-1986), Jerusalem


        • Rabbi Bronstein, thank you so much for visiting Lorain 365 and filling in the blanks for us! Do you think that this was Lorain’s very first synagogue?


  2. Nice pictures! There was a series in the newspaper awhile back on all the churches in the city. It’s sad to see so many of them abandoned and in such disrepair. Imagine days past a busy downtown area on Reid Avenue when all the churches let out on a Sunday afternoon when DeLuca’s was still open and Broadway was still vibrant. What makes these churches so special is the ethnicity they once represented. On my bucket list is to make a photo album of all the churches in the city, Looks like you already beat me to it.


    • Thanks, John! I was just riding around South Lorain looking for something to photograph and that first church with the shiny new bell tower caught my eye. I started paying better attention to my surroundings and the old churches just kept popping up. Once I shared the first couple, I realized by the replies to that post that I had missed many more so I set out to capture them. I’ve learned a lot – I never knew there were duplicate named churches [some on the same street] whose only differences were the ethnicity of the parish and whether they were Orthodox or not. It was very interesting to ride up and down each street looking for the churches. East 30th is a study in patterns. πŸ™‚


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