Saint Paul Catholic Church / Saint Paul Rectory and Parish House

Saint Paul Catholic Church / Saint Paul Rectory and Parish House (HM208T)

Location: Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 Wayne County
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N 42° 23.65', W 82° 53.47'

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Saint Paul Catholic Church
By the 1790s, French priests were ministering to farmers living along Lake St. Clair. In 1825 Father Francis Badin dedicated a log church to Saint Paul near the lake in present-day Grosse Pointe Shores. In 1850 a frame chapel was erected on the current site. Built in the 1890s, during Father John Elsen's pastorate, the present French Gothic-inspired church was designed by Detroit architect Harry J. Rill. The first mass held in the church was Father Elsen's funeral in 1899.

Saint Paul Rectory and Parish House
Saint Paul Rectory, which reflects Neo-Tudor and Arts and Crafts design elements, was built in 1911. The Parish House was built around 1900 as the home of former (1876-77) Detroit Mayor Alexander Lewis. Stove manufacturer Edwin S. Barbour acquired the house in 1913. In 1925, according to plans by Detroit architect Robert O. Derrick, he renovated the house divesting it of its Neo-classical elements. Barbour's heir sold the estate to Saint Paul Parish in 1959.
HM NumberHM208T
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Year Placed1993
Placed ByBureau of History, Michigan Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, July 30th, 2017 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 344345 N 4695273
Decimal Degrees42.39416667, -82.89116667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 23.65', W 82° 53.47'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 23' 39" N, 82° 53' 28.2" W
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Area Code(s)248, 313, 586
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 161-169 Lake Shore Dr, Grosse Pointe Farms MI 48236, US
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