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Calvary Baptist Church

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1977, Gunnar Birkerts. 1000 Robert Bradby Dr.
  • Calvary Baptist Church (Balthazar Korab)
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)

Urban renewal created the site for this church. From a parklike setting bounded by Elmwood Cemetery and new public houses rises its strong simple form, the roof and walls one. Their yellow-orange ribbed metal-panel exterior surface responds to the buoyant optimism of the African American Christian congregation. A processional pathway leads up the hill to the entrance and directly into the meeting hall. Inside, the baptismal pool is given focus by its placement against a mirrored wall.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Calvary Baptist Church", [Detroit, 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, 105-106.

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