Saint Joseph Church and Shrine

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Saint Joseph Church and Shrine
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Saint Joseph Church and Shrine is located in Michigan
Saint Joseph Church and Shrine
Saint Joseph Church and Shrine is located in the US
Saint Joseph Church and Shrine
Location within the state of Michigan
Location 8742 U.S. Route 12
Cambridge Township, Michigan
Coordinates 42°03′24″N 84°09′51″W / 42.05667°N 84.16417°W / 42.05667; -84.16417Coordinates: 42°03′24″N 84°09′51″W / 42.05667°N 84.16417°W / 42.05667; -84.16417
Built 1854
Architect Dionicio Rodriguez, Leo Ouelette, and Ralph Corona
Architectural style Spanish Colonial Revival, Mission Revival
NRHP Reference # 07000382[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 4, 2007
Designated MSHS April 19, 1990[2]

The Saint Joseph Church and Shrine is a historic district located at 8742 U.S. Route 12 in the Irish Hills region in rural Cambridge Township in Lenawee County, Michigan. The district was designated as a Michigan Historic Site on April 19, 1990 and added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 4, 2007.[1][2]

The district consists of a church edifice and a shrine. The church traces its origins to its founding as a missionary church in 1854 by the area's earliest Irish settlers. The district also consists of a cemetery with graves dating back to the 1850s. Originally, the church was a very simple fieldstone church with no exterior adornments. The church's tower, sacristy, and stained glass windows were added in 1911. A new roof, transept, and sanctuary were added in 1928. In 1932, the shrine was completed under the supervision of Hispanic architects Leo Ouelette, Dionicio Rodriguez, and Ralph Corona. The first resident priest of the church arrived until 1954. and the church continues to function as a Catholic church.[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 11, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c State of Michigan (2009). "Saint Joseph Church and Shrine". Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  3. ^ National Park Service (2007). "Saint Joseph Church and Shrine (Cambridge, MI)". Retrieved July 17, 2010. 
Old postcard showing the church