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
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 a historic Episcopal church located at 8850 Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan, and is part of the Episcopal Diocese of 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 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 Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  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.

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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