Saint Elizabeth's Church (Tecumseh, Michigan)

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Saint Elizabeth's Church
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Saint Elizabeth's Church (Tecumseh, Michigan) is located in Michigan
Saint Elizabeth's Church (Tecumseh, Michigan)
Saint Elizabeth's Church (Tecumseh, Michigan) is located in the US
Saint Elizabeth's Church (Tecumseh, Michigan)
Location within the state of Michigan
Location 302 E. Chicago Boulevard
Tecumseh, Michigan
Coordinates 42°00′14″N 83°56′30″W / 42.00389°N 83.94167°W / 42.00389; -83.94167Coordinates: 42°00′14″N 83°56′30″W / 42.00389°N 83.94167°W / 42.00389; -83.94167
Built 1913
Architect Father Edwin Fisher
Architectural style Gothic Revival
MPS Tecumseh MRA
NRHP reference # 86001572[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP August 13, 1986
Designated MSHS May 8, 1986[2]

Saint Elizabeth's Church, also known as the Old Stone Church, is a historic church located at 302 East Chicago Boulevard (M-50) in downtown Tecumseh in Lenawee County, Michigan. It was designated as a Michigan Historic Site on May 8, 1986 and later added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 13, 1986.[1][2]

History[edit]

The church in early springtime

Saint Elizabeth's Church housed the first Catholic church built in the Protestant dominated Tecumseh. Amid controversy, the Catholic church was built in 1913 with stone hauled from nearby fields by parishioner. When church membership outgrew the original structure, the congregation moved to a new facility in 1952. The Church of Christ purchased the building in 1954 but vacated by 1972 to a larger facility themselves.[3] From 1976–1982, the building served a commercial function as a stained glass studio. In 1982, the city of Tecumseh purchased and restored the building for the Historical Society of Tecumseh.

The building was formally dedicated as the Tecumseh Area Historical Museum in 1986 and continues to serve that purpose.[2][3]

Description[edit]

Saint Elizabeth's Church is a small Gothic Revival church located one block east of the Tecumseh Downtown Historic District and across East Chicago Boulevard from the Dr. Samuel Catlin House.[3] It is constructed with a wood frame, over which is a veneer of locally gathered fieldstone. The church has a symmetrical facade with a gable roof and a partly projecting central square tower with crenellated parapet. Two large stained glass windows flank the tower. Five more stained glass windows line each side, separated by simple buttresses. The roof is covered with red clay tile. The interior still contains much of its original Craftsman, oak detailing.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. May 31, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c State of Michigan (2009). "Saint Elizabeth's Church". Retrieved June 25, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Tecumseh Area Historical Society (2010). "Tecumseh Area Historical Society". Retrieved June 25, 2010. 
  4. ^ Natnonal Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: St. Elizabeth's Church 

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