St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church

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St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church
St Boniface Church Detroit c1910.jpg
St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church, c. 1910
Location 2356 Vermont Avenue
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°19′57″N 83°4′26″W / 42.33250°N 83.07389°W / 42.33250; -83.07389Coordinates: 42°19′57″N 83°4′26″W / 42.33250°N 83.07389°W / 42.33250; -83.07389
Built 1882
Architect Scott, William & Co.; Wuestewald, Caspar
Architectural style Romanesque Revival
Demolished c. 1992
NRHP Reference # 89000487[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP June 09, 1989
Designated MSHS March 23, 1983[2]

St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church was a Roman Catholic church located at 2356 Vermont Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. It was also known as St. Boniface-St. Vincent Roman Catholic Church. The church was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1983[2] and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989,[1] but was subsequently demolished.[3]

History and significance[edit]

The German Catholic citizens of Detroit began moving to the west side in the 1860s, particularly along the Michigan Avenue corridor.[2] In 1867, Bishop Casper Borgess created St. Boniface parish to serve the German population on the west side. In 1873, a two-story, red brick Italianate rectory building was built for the parish at a cost of $6,000.[2] A stone church building was planned by the prominent local architect William M. Scott, and construction was completed in 1883 at a cost of $30,000.[2]

The parish was closed in 1989,[4] and the building was demolished a few years later.[5]


St. Boniface Church was an eclectic example of Romanesque Revival and Ruskinian Gothic architecture. It was built in a cruciform shape from red brick and cream-painted wood, and featured a high nave roof, steeply gabled stone entry arches, and a central pavilion with recessed round arches.[2] The church had a square, louvered bell tower with an octagonal metal roof. The side walls were supported by heavy, stone-embellished buttresses.[2] The rectory was a two-story Italianate stone building, painted black. It had a modified hip-roof with cross-gabled dormers and a bracketed corniceline, an open gabled portico, and rectangular and round arch window enframements.[2]



  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Saint Boniface Roman Catholic Church from the state of Michigan
  3. ^ St. Boniface (Demolished) from the city of Detroit
  4. ^ Closed Parishes from the Archdiocese of Detroit
  5. ^ Roman Godzak, Catholic Churches of Detroit, Arcadia Publishing, 2004, ISBN 0-7385-3235-5, p. 102