Christ Church of Detroit, photo submitted 1963
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Christ Church, Detroit
960Jefferson Avenue, Detroit - Wayne County
Other Names Old Christ Church, Detroit
Property Type church
Historic Use RELIGION
Current Use RELIGION
Style Gothic Revival
Architect/Builder Gordon W. Lloyd
Significant Person Robert Hopkin
Narrative Description Christ Church of Detroit is a large Gothic Revival building with a cruciform plan featuring a parapeted front gable crossed by a gabled transept and various projecting bays. Walls of limestone ashlar are ornamented with dark sandstone trim. A slate-tiled roof tops the church. The entrance facade is dominated by a corner, squared bell tower supported by stepped buttresses and crowned with crocketed finals. The front-gable parapeted entrance facade features a huge stained glass window with a scene depicting the life of Christ. Round, trefoil and lancet windows admit much light into the building. The interior features exquisite carved butternut details and a carved and pierced hammerbeam truss ceiling. Adjacent to the church stands the Solomon Sibley House, a Federal style structure used at different times as Christ Church's rectory.
Statement of Significance Christ Church of Detroit is the second oldest Episcopal church in Detroit and the oldest Protestant church in Michigan still located at its original site. Construction on the church began in 1860 according to plans by Gordon W. Lloyd of Detroit and the chapel was consecrated in 1863. The full building was completed in approximately 1880. Stunning interior details include altar paintings by Detroit artist Robert Hopkin and a fine imported Dutch mosaic altarpiece.
Period of Significance 1826-1865
Significant Date(s) 1863
Registry Type(s) 03/11/1971 National Register listed
11/06/1970 State Register listed
Site ID# P25049