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First Presbyterian Church (Detroit, Michigan)

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Subject: National Register of Historic Places listings in Wayne County, Michigan, First Congregational Church (Detroit, Michigan), Religious Structures of Woodward Avenue Thematic Resource, Bonstelle Theatre, First Unitarian Church of Detroit
Collection: 19Th-Century Presbyterian Church Buildings, Churches Completed in 1889, Churches in Detroit, Michigan, Educational Institutions Established in 1980, Historic District Contributing Properties in Michigan, Michigan State Historic Sites in Wayne County, Michigan, National Register of Historic Places in Wayne County, Michigan, Presbyterian Churches in Michigan, Properties of Religious Function on the National Register of Historic Places in Michigan, Religious Buildings Completed in 1889, Richardsonian Romanesque Architecture, Richardsonian Romanesque Architecture in Michigan, Romanesque Revival Architecture in Michigan, Romanesque Revival Churches in Michigan, Sandstone Buildings, Sandstone Churches in the United States
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First Presbyterian Church (Detroit, Michigan)

First Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church seen from across Woodward
Location 2930 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan
Built 1889
Architect George D. Mason & Zachariah Rice
Architectural style Richardsonian Romanesque
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 79001174[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP December 19, 1979
Designated MSHS August 3, 1979[2]

The former First Presbyterian Church, now the Ecumenical Theological Seminary, is located at 2930 Woodward Avenue in Midtown Detroit, Michigan. It was built in 1889 as the First Presbyterian Church.

The building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a designated Michigan State Historic Site (1979), and a contributing property to the Brush Park Historic District.[1][2]


  • Architecture 1
  • Current use 2
  • Gallery 3
  • References 4
  • Further reading 5
  • External links 6


Henry Hobson Richardson's Trinity Church in Boston.[3] The church, in the Richardsonian Romanesque style, is made from rough-cut red sandstone, with the floorplan in the shape of a Greek cross. Masonry arches support a red sandstone tower with a slate roof and turrets at each corner. The stained glass windows of the church are exceptional, with many of Tiffany glass.[3]

When Woodward was widened in 1936, the elaborately-carved entrance porch was moved from the Woodward façade to the Edmund Place side.[3]

A State of Michigan historical marker was placed at the site on August 26, 1980.[4]

Current use

The building is currently used as the Ecumenical Theological Seminary. The Seminary was founded in 1980 (as the Ecumenical Theological Center).[5] In 1992, the program leased the First Presbyterian Church for use as a seminary; in 2002 the Presbytery of Detroit gave the Ecumenical Theological Seminary the building, land and endowments of the Church.[5]



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Further reading

External links

  • Ecumenical Theological Seminary — website
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