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Mariners' Church

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Identification

Mariners' Church
Mariners' Church of Detroit
1423175

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Structure in General

church
existing [completed]
limestone
beige
gothic

Usages

church (anglican)
graves

Facts

  • Mariners' Church was originally built on Woodward Avenue and Woodbridge Street. It was slated for demolition, as well as its surrounding buildings, to make way for what is now Hart Plaza. Instead, due to donations from the public, the building was moved 880 feet to the east to its present location.
  • Prior to the Civil War, Mariners' Church served as a final stop to Canada. Tunnels used by these efforts were found under the church when it was relocated.
  • After being moved to its new location, a new bell tower was built and the north wall, which formerly abutted other buildings, was rebuilt to match the other walls.
  • Mariners' Church was originally built for use by sailors. Its ground floor, besides housing the church entrance, also housed several retail concerns over the years. Today the ground floor houses church offices and and meeting rooms.
  • Mariners' Church holds a Blessing of the Fleet every March for those going to sea and a Great Lakes Memorial Service every November for those lost at sea.

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Location

170 East Jefferson Avenue
48226
Detroit
Michigan
U.S.A.

Technical Data

94.00 ft
49.00 ft
1849
1955 - 1957
1971 - 1971

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • National landmark
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