Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church
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Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church
12375 Woodward Avenue, Highland Park - Wayne County
Other Names Prayer Temple of Love Cathedral
Property Type church
Historic Use RELIGION
Current Use RELIGION
Style Late Gothic Revival
Architect/Builder J. ADAM FICHTER
Narrative Description Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church (the Prayer Temple of Love Cathedral) is a relatively small, random ashlar, sandstone, Neo-Gothic-style structure built from 1929 to 1930. It is typically Gothic in plan with a tall, gabled nave with lower side aisles extending back to gabled transepts. Shallow buttresses flank the arched entrance surmounted by a large, traceried, Gothic window. The most striking feature of the design is the massive, square, flat-roofed tower with louvered belfry which looms over the crossing where the nave meets the transepts. Almost totally devoid of carved ornament, the structure depends for effect upon its bold massing and the contrast in texture between the honey-colored planes of smooth masonry and the rough, dark slate roof. Adjoining the rear of the church is the cross-gabled, Victorian Gothic structure which served the congregation until the present building was erected. A towerless, frame structure, it is now clad in asphalt siding. The complex also contains a two-story, early twentieth-century, brick parsonage with a hip-roof.
Statement of Significance Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church originated as a mission church of the westside-Detroit Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church. The original frame Victorian Gothic chapel was built for the Highland Park Presbyterian congregation and was originally located one block south. It was moved from a site on Cortland in 1903 and served as this congregation's first home of worship. The present stone, Neo-Gothic, limestone building was built from 1929 to 1930. The architect, J. Adam Fichter, was a strong admirer of the Boston firm of Cram, Goodhue and Ferguson. In 1979, Grace Evangelical congregation sold their church building to an Apostolic African-American congregation, and the church is now known as the Prayer Temple of Love Cathedral. The 1930 Grace Church is a well preserved, locally significant example of the Neo-Gothic movement in church architecture.
Period of Significance 1930-1979
Significant Date(s) 1929-1930
Registry Type(s) 08/03/1982 National Register listed
Site ID# P25318