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Ss. Peter and Paul's Jesuit Church

Identification

Ss. Peter and Paul's Jesuit Church
Sts. Peter and Paul's Jesuit Church
257716

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Structure in General

church
existing [completed]
brick
applied masonry
romanesque revival

Usages

church

Facts

  • The church was placed on the State of Michigan Historical Register on January 22, 1971, and on the National Register of Historic Places in September 3, 1971.
  • The first major renovation of the church occured in 1892, when central heating and electric lighting was installed. The church woodwork was also completely replaced, including the pews and floors.
  • The church is designed in the form of a basilica, and is done in a toned-down Italian Renaissance (Romanesque Revival) style.
  • The three-story St. Catherine's Chapel was added to the church in 1918, and was originally used for daily mass and a school. It is now used as church office space, and living quarters for the pastor.
  • The church is part of the University of Detroit-Mercy downtown campus complex. The university's law school lies directly adjacent to the church, though the main campus moved out of downtown Detroit in the early 20th Century.
  • The church originally had a seating capacity of 1,000, but that was after multiple renovations to 7,000.
  • This building is the oldest, continuously operated church in the city of Detroit.
  • This church was originally built as the cathedral for the diocese of Detroit, it was then given to the Jesuit Order (Society of Jesus) to establish Detroit's first catholic univeristy in 1877.
  • This is the only church building in the Archdiocese of Detroit that is not owned by them. The Jesuit still retain the title and the land that the church sits on.

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Location

438 Saint Antoine Street
438 St. Antoine Street
48226
Downtown
Bricktown
Detroit
Michigan
U.S.A.

Technical Data

24.38 m
24.38 m
41.80 m
24.51 m
1844
1848
1918

Involved Companies

Francis Letourno

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