First Congregational Church of Detroit

First Congregational Church of Detroit

As one of the national forerunners in the anti-slavery movement, the First Congregational Church of Detroit has a rich history in the Underground Railroad nationally and is recognized as a registered historic site. Established on December 25, 1844, the first two church buildings were located near the Detroit River at Fort and Wayne Streets. The basement of the second edifice of the church was used to hide refugees of the Underground Railroad enroute to boats at the foot of Wayne Street. The church was built on its present site in 1891 at the peak of the Victorian era. Unlike the plain, small meeting houses of the traditional New England Congregational Churches, this structure was designed with grand ornamentation and symbolism by architect, John Faxon of Boston, who traveled to Europe and patterned the building after churches found in Venice and Ravenna. Today's site is home to the First Congregational Church of Detroit and to the First Congregational Living Museum Underground Railroad, housed in the church's Albert Kahn-designed Angels' Wing Community House. The Community House includes a richly paneled lounge and spacious dining room on the first floor, a gymnasium and stage on the lower level and classrooms, offices and a children's resource center on the second story. Open to the public for tours and educational activities from 9am to 5pm, Monday - Friday.

First Congregational Church of Detroit - Living Museum

Contact Information

Address

33 E. Forest Avenue

Detroit, MI 48201

Driving Directions

Phone: (313) 831-4080

Fax: (313) 831-1537

Email:

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