Cass Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church

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Cass Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church
Cass Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church - Detroit Michigan.jpg
Location 3901 Cass Avenue
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°20′53″N 83°3′47″W / 42.34806°N 83.06306°W / 42.34806; -83.06306Coordinates: 42°20′53″N 83°3′47″W / 42.34806°N 83.06306°W / 42.34806; -83.06306
Built 1883; 1891 (addition)
Architect Mason & Rice; Malcomson & Higginbotham
Architectural style Romanesque Revival
Part of Willis-Selden Historic District (#97001478)
NRHP reference # 82000548[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP December 10, 1982
Designated CP December 01, 1997
Designated MSHS March 28, 1985[2]

The Cass Community United Methodist Church is located at 3901 Cass Avenue in Midtown Detroit, Michigan. It was built in 1883 as the Cass Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982,[1] and designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1985.[2]


The Cass Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church was founded in 1880.[3] In 1883, the congregation hired architectural firm Mason & Rice to design a church at the corner of Cass and Selden.[3] In 1891, Malcomson and Higginbotham designed an addition on the eastern side, which is now the main portion of the church.[3]

Early in the life of the church, the congregation was well-to-do.[4] In the 1920s, however, the membership declined as congregants moved from the area and the character of the neighborhood changed. However, the church decided to remain in the neighborhood and minister to and with the new residents. The church is still operating as a United Methodist congregation, with services that change to meet the needs of the neighborhood.[4]


The church is a Richardsonian Romanesque structure, constructed in the form of a Greek Cross.[5] The church is built from rock faced Grafton stone, trimmed with Ionia sandstone.[5] At the corner is a square tower, 86 feet high; the green ceramic tile roof is original.[5] On the interior, Tiffany grace the windows; a Johnson - Tracker church organ is installed, which is thought to be the largest 19th-century pipe organ in Michigan.[3]

A state of Michigan historical maker marks this church.[6]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b "Cass Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church". Michigan State Housing Development Authority. Archived from the original on May 17, 2012. Retrieved September 2, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d Cass Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church Archived October 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. from the city of Detroit
  4. ^ a b Cass Community Social Services Archived April 30, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. history page
  5. ^ a b c Cass Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church[permanent dead link] from Woodward Avenue
  6. ^ Cass Community United Methodist Church from

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