First Baptist Church (Detroit, Michigan)

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First Baptist Church of Detroit
First Baptist Church of Detroit.jpg
Church facade from Woodward
Location 8601 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°22′43.74″N 83°4′46.98″W / 42.3788167°N 83.0797167°W / 42.3788167; -83.0797167Coordinates: 42°22′43.74″N 83°4′46.98″W / 42.3788167°N 83.0797167°W / 42.3788167; -83.0797167
Built 1909
Architect John H. Coxhead
Architectural style Late Gothic Revival
MPS Religious Structures of Woodward Avenue TR
NRHP Reference # 82002898[1]
Added to NRHP August 3, 1982

The former First Baptist Church is a historic Baptist church building located at 8601 Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. Built in 1909, it was designed by Buffalo, NY based architect John H. Coxhead in the Late Gothic Revival style. It is now the Peoples Community Church.[1] The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 3, 1982.[1]


The First Baptist Church of Detroit was founded on October 20, 1827.[2] The original church was located at Fort and Griswold Streets; the building on Woodward was constructed in 1910 as members moved out of the downtown area.[2] However, after World War II, membership decreased, and in 1957 the congregation sold the building to the Peoples Community Church.[2] The First Baptist congregation moved on to Southfield and constructed a new church in 1965.[2]


  1. ^ a b c National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c d First Baptist Church of Detroit from City of Detroit Planning and Development Department.

Further reading[edit]

  • 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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