West Vernor-Junction Historic District

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West Vernor-Junction Historic District
Vernor-Junction Detroit Michigan 1.jpg
South side of Vernor at Junction, looking southwest, along the boundary of Holy Redeemer parish.
Location Detroit, Michigan  United States
Coordinates 42°19′2″N 83°6′7″W / 42.31722°N 83.10194°W / 42.31722; -83.10194Coordinates: 42°19′2″N 83°6′7″W / 42.31722°N 83.10194°W / 42.31722; -83.10194
Architect Donaldson and Meier; Jogerst, Joseph P.; et al.
Architectural style Late Victorian, Romanesque, Art Deco, Early Commercial
MPS West Vernor Highway Survey Area, Detroit, Michigan MPS
NRHP Reference # 02001503[1]
Added to NRHP December 12, 2002

West Vernor-Junction Historic District is a commercial historic district located along West Vernor Highway between Lansing and Cavalry in Detroit, Michigan. The district includes 160 acres (0.65 km2) and 44 buildings.[2] Parks near the neighorhood include Patton Park, named for U.S. General George S. Patton, and Clark Park. The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.[1]


Most Holy Redeemer Church Sanctuary
North side of Vernor at Junction, looking west

The West Vernor-Junction Historic District is adjacent to Mexicantown and contains a large vibrant Latino community and resurgent neighborhoods. It includes the historic Most Holy Redeemer Church, designed by architects Donaldson and Meier, which was once estimated as the largest Catholic parish in North America.[3][4] It contains an elementary school. The locally popular Roman Catholic high school was replaced by another in suburban Detroit.

A Hollywood movie, The Rosary Murders (1987), starring actor Donald Sutherland prominently featured the neighborhood. As in other Southwest Detroit neighborhoods such as Springwells Village, West Vernor Highway here is its main commercial thoroughfare. Churches, parks, recreation centers, and theatres archor neighborhoods such as the West Vernor-Junction. The major area parks include Clark Park and Patton Park. The 600-seat Stratford Theatre at 4751 W. Vernor Hwy., designed by Joseph P. Jogerst, seated 1,137 when it opened in 1916. The Art Deco-styled Stratford in the West Vernor-Junction Historic District has operated as a retail store since 1985.

Many Lithuanians settled in Detroit during the World War II era, especially on the city's Southwest side in the West Vernor area where the renovated Lithuanan Hall reopened in 2006.[5] St. Anthony's parish at 1750 25th Street became a predominantly attended by Lithuanian immigrants and continues to hold services in Lithuanian.[6]

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  1. ^ a b Staff (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ MICHIGAN – Wayne County – Historic Districts from www.NationalRegisterofHistoricPlaces.com
  3. ^ "Most Holy Redeemer Parish History". Mostholyredeemer.net. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  4. ^ Most Holy Redeemer Church.Pewabic.org. Retrieved April 12, 2011.
  5. ^ Model D Media (November 28, 2006).Southwest Detroit's Lithuanian Hall to reopen after $2 million renovation
  6. ^ "St Anthony Parish Detroit". Parishesonline.com. 2011-12-09. Retrieved 2013-11-02.