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St. Patrick's Catholic Church

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1877, Robinson and Barnaby. 4385 Parnell Ave.
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)

The steeple of St. Patrick's soars 168 feet above the quiet crossroads of this agricultural community surrounded by land cultivated first by Irish immigrants and by pioneers from New York State and Canada. It marks one of the state's most exquisite rural wooden Gothic Revival churches. The church was designed by William G. Robinson and Frank B. Barnaby of Grand Rapids and was constructed by P. W. Griswold and T. P. Fitzgerald. Paired, slender stained glass lancet windows with hood moldings, placed between fluted and paneled incipient buttresses that appear to be emerging from the walls, flank the entrance of the central projecting tower of this white clapboard church. The interior is arranged with a nave and side aisles and with a choir and organ loft above the narthex facing the altar end.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "St. Patrick's Catholic Church", [Ada, 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, 262-262.

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