St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church

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This article is about the church in Michigan. For church in Missouri, see St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church (Perryville, Missouri). For the church in Pennsylvania, see St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania).
St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church
St Boniface Church Detroit c1910.jpg
St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church, c. 1910
Location 2356 Vermont Avenue
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°19′57″N 83°4′26″W / 42.33250°N 83.07389°W / 42.33250; -83.07389Coordinates: 42°19′57″N 83°4′26″W / 42.33250°N 83.07389°W / 42.33250; -83.07389
Built 1882
Architect Scott, William & Co.; Wuestewald, Caspar
Architectural style Romanesque Revival
Demolished c. 1992
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 89000487[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP June 09, 1989
Designated MSHS March 23, 1983[2]

St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church was a Roman Catholic church located at 2356 Vermont Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. It was also known as St. Boniface-St. Vincent Roman Catholic Church. The church was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1983[2] and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989,[1] but was subsequently demolished.[3]

History and significance[edit]

The German Catholic citizens of Detroit began moving to the west side in the 1860s, particularly along the Michigan Avenue corridor.[2] In 1867, Bishop Casper Borgess created St. Boniface parish to serve the German population on the west side. In 1873, a two-story, red brick Italianate rectory building was built for the parish at a cost of $6,000.[2] A stone church building was planned by the prominent local architect William M. Scott, and construction was completed in 1883 at a cost of $30,000.[2]

The parish was closed in 1989,[4] and the building was demolished a few years later.[5]

Description[edit]

St. Boniface Church was an eclectic example of Romanesque Revival and Ruskinian Gothic architecture. It was built in a cruciform shape from red brick and cream-painted wood, and featured a high nave roof, steeply gabled stone entry arches, and a central pavilion with recessed round arches.[2] The church had a square, louvered bell tower with an octagonal metal roof. The side walls were supported by heavy, stone-embellished buttresses.[2] The rectory was a two-story Italianate stone building, painted black. It had a modified hip-roof with cross-gabled dormers and a bracketed corniceline, an open gabled portico, and rectangular and round arch window enframements.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Saint Boniface Roman Catholic Church from the state of Michigan
  3. ^ St. Boniface (Demolished) from the city of Detroit
  4. ^ Closed Parishes from the Archdicese of Detroit
  5. ^ Roman Godzak, Catholic Churches of Detroit, Arcadia Publishing, 2004, ISBN 0-7385-3235-5, p. 102