St. Joseph's Episcopal Church, 1926 (Detroit, Michigan)

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St. Joseph's Episcopal Church
St Josephs Episcopal Church.jpg
Location 8850 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°22′52.17″N 83°4′47.25″W / 42.3811583°N 83.0797917°W / 42.3811583; -83.0797917Coordinates: 42°22′52.17″N 83°4′47.25″W / 42.3811583°N 83.0797917°W / 42.3811583; -83.0797917
Built 1926
Architect James J. Nettleton
Architectural style Late Gothic Revival
Governing body Private
MPS Religious Structures of Woodward Avenue TR
NRHP Reference # 82002909[1]
Added to NRHP August 3, 1982

St. Joseph's Episcopal Church, now known as St. Matthew's-St. Joseph's Episcopal Church, is an historic Episcopal church located at 8850 Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.[1]


This building was constructed in 1926 as a successor to the earlier St. Joseph's Episcopal Church at 5930 Woodward Avenue.[2] In 1971, St. Matthew’s Episcopal, the second oldest African American congregation in Detroit,[3] merged with St. Joseph's.[2]


The church building is a typical Gothic structure built from dark coursed sandstone with light sandstone trim.[2] It has a with a narrow gabled nave and projecting side aisles and projecting transepts.[2] A large rose window faces Woodward,[3] sitting above a recessed entrance.[2] A tall, square bell tower and parish house sit against the north trancept.[2] The sides are buttressed, with Gothic clerestory windows.[2]

The architect, James J. Nettleton, was a member of the St. Joseph's congregation and graduate of the architecture program at Cornell University.[4]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Saint Joseph's Episcopal Church from the state of Michigan
  3. ^ a b St. Matthew's—St. Joseph's Episcopal Church from
  4. ^ St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church from City of Detroit Planning and Development Department.