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Saint James Episcopal Church
533Bingham Avenue, Sault Ste. Marie - Chippewa County
Property Type church
Historic Use RELIGION/religious facility
Current Use RELIGION/religious facility
Style Gothic Revival
Architect/Builder James Calloway Teague
Narrative Description St. James' Episcopal Church is a cruciform-plan Neo-Gothic building of parish church form with side aisles and a square-plan crenelated tower at one front corner. Its ground dimensions are a maximum of 118 feet in length and eighty-five in breadth. The exterior walls are constructed of reddish brown sandstone in random ashlar form with red sandstone trim. The nave's street front and transepts each display a very large pointed arch window. Pointed arch windows in groups of three pierce the tall clerestories.
Statement of Significance Built in 1902-03, St. James' Episcopal Church is a fine, virtually unaltered Neo-Gothic church building of parish church type and probably the only example of its type in the entire eastern Upper Peninsula. It was built during the boom period of power canal construction, but the anticipated industrial and urban growth that would follow the construction of the power canal and electrical plant was slow to materialize. Perhaps as a result, the completion of the new St. James' church building left a substantial indebtedness in its wake that the parish found difficult to erase, as the debt was not paid off until 1919. St. James Church was consecrated on April 17, 1919, and the church remains in use today with few significant changes.
Period of Significance 1902-1903
Registry Type(s) 04/01/1998 National Register listed
Site ID# P27761