The world came to a standstill this week as the nation gathered together in fear at the possible loss of a great historic landmark. Though the structure of the 850-year-old monument has been dubbed structurally found, the rebuild of the monument will take time. Almost two decades worth of time.
Amidst the devastation of the cathedral, Detroiters are lucky enough to be surrounded by an abundance of churches and cathedrals in the heart of the city. Whether you are a member or just a visitor, it is undeniable that these churches are saturated in a century worth of rich history to make any Detroiter proud.
Saint. Florian Parish – 1907
St Florian Parish is located in Hamtramck and was built after the Polish Catholic community found themselves in need of a larger venue. The newly built church, set at 8 stories high with a cathedral style, was home to Polish immigrants that were working at the local automotive plants in the area.
Christ Church Detroit – 1845
Being one of the oldest protestant churches in Michigan, this church has been standing for almost 156 years. Branching from the original Cathedral Church of St. Paul, the founders of the church had built the location when Detroit was a mere population of 13,000.
Saint Anne De Detroit Catholic Church – 1886
The second oldest functioning Roman Catholic church in Detroit, located near the Ambassador Bridge, takes after a Gothic Revival cathedral style. Though the church was originally built in 1701, the first structure had been set on fire during multiple occasions and eventually demolished for reconstruction in the late 1880s.
Sweetest Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church – 1893
Properly named as “Sercowo” or The Heart’s Area, the Catholic Church sits in a location in the heart of the city. This Gothic Revival cathedral is one of the largest Roman Catholic churches currently in Detroit, built by approximately 300 families.
Saint Josaphat Mother of Divine Mercy Perish – 1901
St. Josaphat is the result of the need of another church due to the limited capacity of their current location due to the growth of over 1,000 families. The Gothic and Romanesque Revival style church was believed to have been originally constructed in competition with Sweetest Heart of Mary Roman but now serves alongside the location as a branch of the Mother of Devine Mercy Parish.
Saint Joseph Oratory – 1855
Another one of the oldest churches in Detroit history, this historic Victorian Gothic structured German Catholic church’s structure has been untouched since the day it was built. In more recent years, the church had received a much-needed expansion, adding a rectory, convent, and the Wermers House in 1992.
Historic Trinity Lutheran Church – 1850
Originally built to house fleeing German immigrants after the failed attempt of the Revolution of 1848, the Historic Trinity would be the first of its kind in Detroit. Beginning as a wooden frame chapel on Larned Street, the site would eventually branch into the 132 different locations in Detroit today.
Fort Street Presbyterian – 1855
Apart from being an important step towards “revivalist” architecture, this Gothic Revival church has a steeple sitting at 265 feet, making it one of the tallest churches in the United States. The original completion of the congregation has drained the $70,000 funding, resulting in finalization of the church interior 15 years later.
Saint John’s Episcopal Church – 1859
The antebellum era church began its construction in 1858, due to the efforts of Michigan governor Henry Porter Baldwin. Today, St John’s resides as the oldest church on Woodward Ave, once known as Piety Hill for the abundance of religious buildings in close proximity.
The Cathedral Church of Saint Paul – 1824
Formed as the first Episcopal and first Protestant church in Michigan, still remains unfinished until this day. The medieval styled church, still missing its bell tower, also takes on the late Victorian Gothic architectural style popular in the early years of the 20th century.