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St. Mary Star of the Sea Church

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1923–1926, Frederick H. Spier. 120 E. Wesley St.

This hammer-dressed limestone church with twin towers and transepts is a monumental, somewhat classicized, rendering of Romanesque Revival that is reminiscent of the earlier German Rundbogenstil. The stained glass Christ and the Battlefield window manufactured by the Tyrolese Art Glass Company of Innsbruck, Austria, memorializes Jacksonian soldiers and nurses who served in World War I. Mosaic Stations of the Cross, mosaics on the apse illustrating St. Mary Star of the Sea, Carrara marble altars and communion rail, and ornamental wall painting combine to richly decorate the interior. The church was designed by Spier of Detroit, once partner in the firm of Spier and Rohns, whose reputation throughout southern Michigan was based on the fine churches and railroad stations the firm designed in the 1880s and 1890s.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "St. Mary Star of the Sea Church", [Jackson, 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, 181-182.

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