Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church was founded by the Redemptorist Fathers in the 1850s to serve the more than one hundred Catholic families in the area south of the rolling Irish Hills. Many were Irish immigrants who arrived as early as 1846 to hack out grain fields from the surrounding timberland. In 1866 they built a Gothic Revival brick church on School Street. Under the energetic leadership of the Reverend Joseph F. Hallissey, and despite opposition from some parishioners, that church was replaced in 1905 with the present building. Rill, a recognized church architect of Detroit, designed it. The powerful exterior walls of the large, twin-towered, Romanesque Revival edifice were constructed of fieldstone gathered by parishioners from local farms. Between the towers is a cut-stone triple entrance with ringed columns and a central segmental pediment. A conspicuous feature is the impressive three-door classical portal in the center. The single aisle, barrel-vaulted, five-hundred-seat nave has a basilica plan. Stained glass memorial windows imported from Munich, Germany, fill its round-arched windows, and a Carrara marble altar is in the sanctuary.
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