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St. Katherine's Chapel

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1887. 4650 N. Meridian Rd.
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)

This wood-frame, board-and-batten country chapel with four cusped windows and ornamental gable is an excellent example of rural vernacular church architecture in the Gothic style. It was built on his Springbrook Farm for John Harris Forster (1822–1894) and his wife, Martha Mullett. Forster, pioneer surveyor, miner, and engineer, later served in the Michigan Senate. Their large, towered brick house, erected in 1874, stood south of the chapel until 1961, when it was demolished to make way for the A-frame church (1962–1963, Clark R. Ackley). The Forsters selected the site for their home because it was a beautiful spot near the state capitol, just off the Lansing-Detroit Plank Road. John Forster presented the chapel to the Protestant Episcopal Diocese of Michigan in 1888 in memory of his daughter, Kitty (Katherine Fell), who died at age six.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "St. Katherine's Chapel", [, 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, 300-300.

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