Beauty meets grace

Kathy Schiffer over at Patheos has a great post about the beauty of some of Detroit’s churches.

Sweetest Heart of Mary

Sweetest Heart of Mary

My fingers tugged at the wrapper, and I held my breath as I rushed to open Detroit’s Historic Places of Worship.  I’d visited many of Detroit’s oldest churches through the years, and I was looking forward to reviewing this new book; but I was delighted by the explosion of color and fine detail on every page of this beautiful coffee table book, released in September 2012 by Wayne State University Press.

“Churches and synagogues have played a crucial role in Detroit for generations,” said Nancy Finegood, executive director of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network.  “Many of these sacred places are of unique architectural and historic significance.”

Detroit’s Historic Places of Worship includes profiles of 37 houses of worship, representing eight denominations and nearly 150 years of history.  Arranged chronologically, the entries reflect Detroiters’ pride and creativity during the city’s most prolific era of church building, the 1850s through the 1930s.  Authors Marla O. Collum, Barbara E. Krueger and Dorothy Kostuch incorporate information from public resources, church archives, and oral histories provided by clergy, parishioners, and church staff.  A map pinpoints the locations of the featured churches around the city of Detroit.

You can read the rest here and see some of the photos of these magnificent churches.