Pages: 272 Size: 8.5x11 Illustrations: 188
What Dorothy Kostuch, Marla Collum, Barbara Krueger, and Dirk Bakker have done is preserve in words and photographs many of the best examples of Detroit's houses of worship.
— John Gallagher
In Detroit's Historic Places of Worship, authors Marla O. Collum, Barbara E. Krueger, and Dorothy Kostuch profile 37 architecturally and historically significant houses of worship that represent 8 denominations and nearly 150 years of history. The authors focus on Detroit's most prolific era of church building, the 1850s to the 1930s, in chapters that are arranged chronologically. Entries begin with each building's founding congregation and trace developments and changes to the present day. Full-color photos by Dirk Bakker bring the interiors and exteriors of these amazing buildings to life, as the authors provide thorough architectural descriptions, pointing out notable carvings, sculptures, stained glass, and other decorative and structural features.
Nearly twenty years in the making, this volume includes many of Detroit's most well known churches, like Sainte Anne in Corktown, the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Boston-Edison, Saint Florian in Hamtramck, Mariners' Church on the riverfront, Saint Mary's in Greektown, and Central United Methodist Church downtown. But the authors also provide glimpses into stunning buildings that are less easily accessible or whose uses have changed-such as the original Temple Beth-El (now the Bonstelle Theater), First Presbyterian Church (now Ecumenical Theological Seminary), and Saint Albertus (now maintained by the Polish American Historical Site Association)-or whose future is uncertain, like Woodward Avenue Presbyterian Church (most recently Abyssinian Interdenominational Center, now closed).
Appendices contain information on hundreds of architects, artisans, and crafts-people involved in the construction of the churches, and a map pinpoints their locations around the city of Detroit. Anyone interested in Detroit's architecture or religious history will be delighted by Detroit's Historic Places of Worship.
Churches and synagogues have played a crucial role in Detroit for generations, providing vital community services that hold together entire neighborhoods in stability and relative peace, despite the challenges of an economically and racially divided urban environment. Many of these sacred places are of unique architectural and historic significance. Detroit is currently undergoing an unprecedented phase of new development, particularly along the Woodward corridor. New investments are flowing into the area, and new jobs are being created. This is an ideal time to heighten awareness of the magnificence of these sacred places, as is so vividly accomplished by the authors of Detroit's Historic Places of Worship.
– Nancy Finegood, Executive Director, Michigan Historic Preservation Network
What Dorothy Kostuch, Marla Collum, Barbara Krueger, and Dirk Bakker have done is preserve in words and photographs many of the best examples of Detroit's houses of worship. Dr. Kostuch, Ms. Collum, and Ms. Krueger blend social and historical background with a precise command of architectural detail. The numerous photographs by Mr. Bakker amply show the care and creativity Detroiters lavished on these buildings.
– John Gallagher, from the foreword
When the city declined and shrank, many places of worship closed or relocated to the suburbs. But even so, there are many open churches today that merit praise as architectural wonders. That's precisely what a new and important book, Detroit's Historic Places of Worship accomplishes. Spectacularly photographed by Dirk Bakker, the volume also includes informative text on 37 houses of worship.
– George Bulanda, Hour Detroit
2013 Michigan Notable Book - Result: 1 of 20 book selected annually.
2013 Eric Hoffer Book Awards -
2013 ForeWord Book of the Year Award - Result: finalist in the category of Architecture