St. Theresa of Avila Roman Catholic Church

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St. Theresa of Avila Roman Catholic Parish Complex
St. Theresa of Avila Church Detroit.jpg
Location 8666 Quincy Street
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°21′49″N 83°7′11″W / 42.36361°N 83.11972°W / 42.36361; -83.11972Coordinates: 42°21′49″N 83°7′11″W / 42.36361°N 83.11972°W / 42.36361; -83.11972
Built 1919
Architect Van Leyen, Schilling & Keough, Edward Schilling
Architectural style Late 19th And 20th century Revivals, Romanesque Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 89000786[1]
Added to NRHP July 14, 1989

The St. Theresa of Avila Roman Catholic Church is a church located at 8666 Quincy Street in Detroit, Michigan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.[1]

Description[edit]

School (Allen Academy)
Rectory

The St. Theresa of Avila Roman Catholic Parish Complex consists of the church, rectory, school, and convent.[2] All of the buildings are essentially Neo-Romanesque in character, and are constructed of dark red brick trimmed with Indiana limestone.

The church is in the Italian Romanesque style, with Byzantine and Art Deco influences. It has a gable front facade with towers at the sides.[2] The entrance is through a triple arched, two-story Romanesque arcaded portico. Above the entrance is a round window flanked with arched niches.[2]

The school is a three-story I-shaped building; the rectory is a five-bay center entrance Colonial house with Romanesque Revival details.[2] The three-story convent building, which was built during the Great Depression, features more modest ornamentation. A central pavilion containing the entrance divides the building into three elements.[2]

Significance[edit]

The St. Theresa of Avila Parish was built as an Irish-American parish, built at a time when the prosperity of the community was such that this magnificent complex could be afforded.[2] The need for this building reflects the population boom in the city brought about by the automobile industry.[2]

The parish was closed in the 1980s; the Allen Academy, a K-12 charter school, now uses the school building.

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 Saint Theresa of Avila Roman Catholic Parish Complex from the state of Michigan

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