Historic Churches

28 photos from ‘Detroit’s Historic Places of Worship’

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Photo gallery originally published by Metro Times Detroit

In Detroit’s Historic Places of Worship, authors Marla O. Collum, Barbara E. Krueger, and Dorothy Kostuch profile 37 architecturally and historically significant houses of worship that represent 8 denominations and nearly 150 years of history. The authors focus on Detroit’s most prolific era of church building, the 1850s to the 1930s, in chapters that are arranged chronologically. Entries begin with each building’s founding congregation and trace developments and changes to the present day.

Full-color photos by Dirk Bakker bring the interiors and exteriors of these amazing buildings to life, as the authors provide thorough architectural descriptions, pointing out notable carvings, sculptures, stained glass, and other decorative and structural features.

For complete information on the book visit Wayne State University Press.

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Detroit’s Old St. Mary’s welcomes mass mob movement – March 15

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Originally published by the Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Mass Mob movement resumes its popular powerful quest to shine a light on the city’s historic Catholic churches when it kicks off its 2015 schedule with noon mass next Sunday at the iconic Old St. Mary’s Church in Greektown. Detroit Catholic Archbishop Allen Vigneron will celebrate the mass …

… Old St. Mary’s is one of the oldest Catholic parishes in Detroit, founded by German immigrants in the 1830s. The current Romanesque church, designed by German-born architect Peter Dederichs, was completed 130 years ago in 1885. Its stained glass windows were designed and crafted by what came to be known as Detroit Stained Glass Works. Its old-world grandeur contrasts with the mirrored modernity of the neighboring Greektown Casino and Hotel complex …

Mass Mob’s 2015 schedule

Here is the official Detroit Mass Mob schedule. For more information, go to www.detroitmassmob.com or go to its Facebook page.

March 15: Old St Mary’s, 646 Monroe Ave., Greektown, Detroit. Noon mass

April 19: Good Shepherd Catholic Church (formerly known as Annunciation), 1265 Parkview, Detroit. Noon mass.

May 3: Ste. Anne de Detroit, 1000 Ste. Anne, Detroit. Noon mass

June 7: St. Matthew, 6021 Whittier, Detroit. 10 a.m. mass

July 12: St. Aloysius, 1234 Washington Blvd., Detroit. 11 a.m. mass.

Aug. 9: St. Josaphat, 715 E. Canfield, Detroit. Noon mass

Sept. 13: St. Hedwig, 3245 Junction, Detroit. Noon mass

Oct. 11: Transfiguration, 5830 Simon K, Detroit. Noon mass

Nov. 8: SS Peter and Paul, 438 St. Antoine, Detroit, 11 a.m. mass

Dec. 6: St. Leo, 4860 15th St. at Grand River, Detroit. Noon mass

Read the complete article with photos.

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VIDEO: Look Inside Ste. Anne de Detroit, The Second Oldest Parish In The U.S.

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Originally appeared in DailyDetroit.com

This parish has an amazing history that goes all the way to the founding of Detroit.

Since July 26, 1701 St. Anne de Detroit Catholic Church has been serving the city by the straits. Founded originally where Griswold meets Jefferson, it’s now at 1000 St. Anne just west of downtown. For a time the legendary Father Gabriel Richard was its pastor, and the Parish inhabited this Gothic Revival building in 1886.

Inside is the oldest stained glass in the city as well as a wooden altar from 1818 that Richard practiced mass at.

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Detroit Mass Mob at St. Mary’s Church in Greektown March 15

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From the Detroit Mass Mob:

The next Mass Mob will take place on March 15 at noon at Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 646 Monroe Street in Detroit’s Greektown.

The Mass Mob is an opportunity to experience and support some of Detroit’s beautiful and historic churches.

Old St Mary’s is the third oldest Roman Catholic Church in Detroit and the first German Church. It was first built on the present site in 1841 by a parish of German Catholic immigrants at a time when the total population of Detroit was not much over 5,000. Not including labor, the original brick church cost a little over $239. The present church, replacing the earlier structure, was constructed in 1884, and styled in Victorian Gothic by Peter Dedericks, a native architect. The beautiful polished columns inside are of solid granite and impossible to replace today. The cornerstone for the First Church, built on the same site as the present site as the present stone, was laid on the feast of Corpus Christi, June 19, 1841.

For more information and photos of the church, click on the link below or go to www.oldstmarysdetroit.com/

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DRONE VIDEO: Detroit’s historic churches from the heavens

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From the Detroit Free Press:

It’s no secret that Detroit is home to oodles of gorgeous historic churches, but you really get an even great appreciation for their beauty when you view them from the heavens.

The team at Detroit-based Hello Aerial sent a drone up — and into — the historic Sweetest Heart of Mary Catholic Church and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Both are on the city’s near east side. Both are incredibly beautiful. But you’ve never seen them like this.

Sweetest Heart is at 4440 Russell, at Canfield, a stone’s throw from Eastern Market.The twin-steepled Gothic Revival church was designed by Spier & Rohns and completed in 1893 as the Sacred Heart of St. Mary Church. It is one of the largest Catholic churches in the city and is also home to some of the more stunning stained glass windows in town.

St. Joseph’s is perhaps Detroit’s most underrated church. This 1873 masterpiece [located at 1828 Jay St., just south of Gratiot] is “the only church in the region listed in the National Register at the ‘National’ level of importance,” according to the “AIA Detroit” architectural guide. Yeah, it’s that big of a deal.

Read the full article here.  Watch the video here.

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