Saint Alphonsus Parish / Saint Alphonsus Catholic Church Complex

Saint Alphonsus Parish / Saint Alphonsus Catholic Church Complex (HM1LWI)

Location: Dearborn, MI 48126 Wayne County
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N 42° 20.759', W 83° 10.583'

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Saint Alphonsus Parish

Attracted by fertile farmland, some forty German-speaking families from Rhineland-Westphalia settled in this area between 1825 and 1848. The community celebrated its first Catholic Mass in the home of Peter and Catharina Theisen Esper in 1851. The Espers donated four acres of land on the northeast corner of Warren and Schaefer Avenues for the construction of a school, built in 1846, the first church, built in 1852; and a cemetery, founded in 1849. Father Anthony Buechsenmann, who served from 1897 to 1920, kept detailed records of the births, marriages and deaths of some two hundred families. He delivered his sermons in German until World War I.

Saint Alphonsus Catholic Church Complex

On May 18, 1930, Saint Alphonsus Parish dedicated its third church, built to accommodate the growing membership. Architect Arthur Des Rosiers, designed the church, as well as the 1924 convent, in the Neo-Gothic style. The church features magnificent windows from the Detroit Stained Glass Works, paintings by Alfred Wrobbel, and a marble and onyx main altar. The cemetery, established in 1876, contains over 250 graves. Many burials, the oldest one dating from 1849, were relocated from the old cemetery at the corner of Warren Avenue and Shaefer Road.
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Marker NumberL1994
Year Placed1997
Placed ByMichigan Historical Center, Michigan Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, July 17th, 2015 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 320732 N 4690485
Decimal Degrees42.34598333, -83.17638333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 20.759', W 83° 10.583'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 20' 45.54" N, 83° 10' 34.98" W
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Area Code(s)313, 734
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 13500-13598 Gould St, Dearborn MI 48126, US
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