St. Theresa of Avila Roman Catholic Church
St. Theresa of Avila Roman Catholic Parish Complex
|Location||8666 Quincy Street
|Architect||Van Leyen, Schilling & Keough, Edward Schilling|
|Architectural style||Late 19th And 20th century Revivals, Romanesque Revival|
|NRHP Reference #||89000786|
|Added to NRHP||July 14, 1989|
The St. Theresa of Avila Roman Catholic Parish Complex consists of the church, rectory, school, and convent. 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. The entrance is through a triple arched, two-story Romanesque arcaded portico. Above the entrance is a round window flanked with arched niches.
The school is a three-story I-shaped building; the rectory is a five-bay center entrance Colonial house with Romanesque Revival details. 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.
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. The need for this building reflects the population boom in the city brought about by the automobile industry.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15.
- Saint Theresa of Avila Roman Catholic Parish Complex from the state of Michigan