"MARINERS' CHURCH" Detroit Favorite Tip by LoriPori
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Favorite thing: As soon as you emerge from the Detroit/Windsor Tunnel, you will see on your left (west) the wonderful Michigan Historic Site MARINERS' CHURCH.
The Plaque in front of the Church reads:
"In 1842, according to the will of Julia Ann Anderson, Mariners' Church was organized to serve the spiritual needs of Great Lakes Seamen. Anderson had come to Detroit in 1818 with her husband John, a Brevet Lieutenant Colonel with the U.S. Topographical Engineers. Designed by Calvin Otis of Buffalo, New York, the Gothic Revival Church was built in 1849 on the northwest corner of Woodward Avenue and Woodbridge Street. In 1955 the Church was moved to make room for the Civic Center Plaza. Hauled 880 feet along steel rails to this site, the 3,000-ton limestone structure blocked Woodward Avenue traffic for 21 days.
The Church was immortalized in the 1975 ballad "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" as the "cathedral" where "the church bell chimed 'til it rang 29 times."
Mariners' Church is in the National Register of Historic Places."
Fondest memory: Located at 170 East Jefferson, Detroit Michigan 48226
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