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St. Ignatius Church

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1889. Lower Shore Rd., Middle Village
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)

Tucked behind a dune on the lakeshore, this clapboarded wood-frame church with a one-story wing addition is picturesque in its simplicity and isolation. It is the third building to serve the Indian settlement on the site of a Jesuit mission established near here by the French in 1741. A central entrance tower with an open belfry and a spire projects from the simple Gothic Revival building. Pointed-arched windows with double-hung sash pierce the walls. Tongue-and-groove wainscoting and pressed-metal ceiling and walls adorn the interior of the church. In the cemetery adjoining the church on the south, wooden crosses mark the graves of the Ottawa.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "St. Ignatius Church", [Harbor Springs, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 413-413.

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