Mariners' Church

Mariners' Church (HMSDB)

Location: Detroit, MI 48226 Wayne County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 19.761', W 83° 2.527'

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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 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.
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Marker NumberHB11
Year Placed1997
Placed ByMichigan History Center, Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, August 31st, 2014 at 6:23pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 331748 N 4688364
Decimal Degrees42.32935000, -83.04211667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 19.761', W 83° 2.527'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 19' 45.66" N, 83° 2' 31.62" W
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Area Code(s)313, 586, 734, 248
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 268-298 Jefferson Avenue, Detroit MI 48226, US
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