First Presbyterian Church (Detroit, Michigan)
First Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church seen from across Woodward
|Location||2930 Woodward Avenue
|Architect||George D. Mason & Zachariah Rice|
|Architectural style||Richardsonian Romanesque|
|NRHP Reference #||79001174|
|Added to NRHP||December 19, 1979|
|Designated MSHS||August 3, 1979|
George D. Mason and Zachariah Rice modeled the First Presbyterian Church after Henry Hobson Richardson's Trinity Church in Boston. The church, in the Richardsonian Romanesque style, is made from rough-cut red sandstone, with the floorplan in the shape of a Greek cross. Masonry arches support a red sandstone tower with a slate roof and turrets at each corner. The stained glass windows of the church are exceptional, with many of Tiffany glass.
When Woodward was widened in 1936, the elaborately-carved entrance porch was moved from the Woodward façade to the Edmund Place side.
A State of Michigan historical marker was placed at the site on August 26, 1980.
The building is currently used as the Ecumenical Theological Seminary. The Seminary was founded in 1980 (as the Ecumenical Theological Center). In 1992, the program leased the First Presbyterian Church for use as a seminary; in 2002 the Presbytery of Detroit gave the Ecumenical Theological Seminary the building, land and endowments of the Church.
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- "First Presbyterian Church". Michigan State Housing Development Authority. Retrieved September 1, 2010.
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- "About Us: History". Ecumenical Theological Seminary. Retrieved March 6, 2012.
- Hill, Eric J. and John Gallagher (2002). AIA Detroit: The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-3120-3.
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