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Fort Street Presbyterian Church

631 West Fort Street
Detroit MI United States

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began1876
  Finished1877
Basement Floors1
Building Uses
 - religious
Structural Types
 - church
Architectural Style
 - neo-gothic
Materials
 - limestone

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Spire265 ftFort Street Presbyterian records

Description
- Architect: Octavius & Albert Jordan

- The church's tower and spire is modeled after that of the St. James' Church in Louth, England, United Kingdom.

- The church has a capacity of 1,200 worshipers; this includes seating on the main sancturary floor, and the balcony level.

- The original church was constructed from 1853 to 1855, but was largely destroyed by a fire in 1876. The church was immediately rebuilt, and reopened in 1877.

- The church experienced another major fire in 1914 totally destroying the church interior. The church was once again rebuilt to its original specifications, though, and the new church building was rededicated on April 11, 1915.

- This is one of America's best examples of Neo-Gothic church architecture. The specific style for this church is named Decorated Gothic, and the church is faced in Malden limestone.

- The church was organized in 1849 under the name of Second Presbyterian Church, and met in the old state capitol. The church moved to its present location in 1850, and moved into their newly created church in 1855.

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