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Subject: Cass Farm Multiple Property Submission, Saints Peter and Paul Academy, Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church (Detroit), St. Thomas the Apostle's Church (Detroit, Michigan)
Collection: 1862 Establishments in Michigan, 1862 Establishments in the United States, Churches in Detroit, Michigan, Churches in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit, Irish-American Culture in Michigan, Properties of Religious Function on the National Register of Historic Places in Michigan, Religious Organizations Established in 1862, Roman Catholic Churches Completed in 1926, Romanesque Revival Architecture in Michigan, Romanesque Revival Churches in Michigan
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Chapel of St. Theresa-the Little Flower

Chapel of St. Theresa - the Little Flower
(St. Patrick Church)
Location 58 Parsons Street
Detroit, Michigan
Built 1926
Architect Donaldson and Meier
Architectural style Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Late Victorian, Romanesque Revival
Governing body Private
MPS Cass Farm MPS
NRHP Reference # 97001099[1]
Added to NRHP September 22, 1997

The Chapel of St. Theresa - the Little Flower is a church located at 58 Parsons Street in Midtown Detroit, Michigan. It is currently known as St. Patrick Church. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.[1]


  • History 1
  • Architecture 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • Further reading 5
  • External links 6


St. Patrick Parish began in 1862, in response to the influx of Irish Catholics into Detroit.[2] The parish built a chapel on Adelaide near John R. Street, which was eventually expanded into a church. St. Patrick's became one of Detroit’s largest and wealthiest parishes, although the church was never one of Detroit's largest or most impressive. In 1890, the church was named the cathedral of the diocese and was renamed in honor of Sts. Peter and Paul as the prior Jesuits in 1877 after he moved to the new cathedral.[2] In 1892, to serve the children of the community, the Sts. Peter and Paul Academy was built on Parsons west of Woodward, which was some distance away from the main church.[2]

By the 1920s, the streets in the area had become so busy that the trek from church to school was considered unsafe for children going to school Masses.[2] As a remedy, the parish constructed the Chapel of St. Theresa, the Little Flower in 1927,[2] naming the chapel after Thérèse de Lisieux.[3] In 1938, the cathedral function was transferred to Blessed Sacrament parish and St. Patrick's reverted to its original name. As the years passed, the area around the original St. Patrick church steadily declined, and more activities were held in the chapel and school.[2] All activities were moved to Parsons Street in the 1980s and the old church was given to a community group. Essentially abandoned for a number of years, it was then vandalized and eventually burned in 1992.[2]


The chapel is in the Romanesque Revival style with a basilica floorplan. It is constructed of red brick with limestone accents and a red tile roof. The entrance is recessed in twin arches framed by square bays. The bays are each topped by a limestone portico consisting of a barrel vault supported by four Corinthian columns. The gabled roofs of the porticoes are covered with red tile matching the other portions of the roof. Above the entry doors on the clerestory level are small arched windows and above the clerestory is a small rose window. Above the porticos are two small campanarios each holding a bell.[3]

See also


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Chapel of St. Theresa, the Little Flower from the city of Detroit
  3. ^ a b Chapel of Saint Theresa – the Little Flower from

Further reading

  • Godzak, Roman (2000). Archdiocese of Detroit (Images of America). Arcadia Publishing.  
  • Godzak, Roman (2004). Catholic Churches of Detroit (Images of America). Arcadia Publishing.  
  • Godzak, Roman (2000). Make Straight the Path: A 300 Year Pilgrimage Archdiocese of Detroit. Editions du Signe.  
  • Tentler, Leslie Woodcock with forward by Edmund Cardinal Szoka (1992). Seasons of Grace: A History of the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit. Wayne State University Press.  
  • Tutag, Nola Huse with Lucy Hamilton (1988). Discovering Stained Glass in Detroit. Wayne State University Press.  

External links

  • St. Patrick home page
  • St. Patrick parish from the archdiocese of Detroit
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