Dowagiac in Cass County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
St. Paul's Church / Episcopal Church
St. Paul's Church
Under the leadership of Justus Gage (1805-1875), this structure was built as a Universalist church. Completed at a cost of $3,000, it is Dowagiac's oldest public building. At the time of completion, it was the town's only auditorium. Women's rights advocates Victoria Woodhull, Belva Lockwood, Anna Shaw, Mary Livermore and Susan B. Anthony spoke here, as did black civil rights supporter Sojourner Truth. Performers appearing in the auditorium included Ole Bull, the Norse violinist. Episcopalians first met here in 1897. The Romanesque style exterior has remained virtually unchanged; however, the interior was remodeled extensively in 1959, when Dom Francis Bacon, O.S.B., (1903-1967) added mosaics and decorations reminiscent of very early churches.
The first recorded Episcopal gathering in Cass County was conducted by Bishop Philander Chase in 1832. In 1858, under the auspices of the Trinity Church of Niles, the first Episcopal services in Dowagiac were held. In 1897 the Reverend R.H.F. Gairdner of Niles helped establish St. Alban's Mission. The mission rented this property. After St. Alban's Mission dissolved in 1903, a small group of Episcopalians continued to meet informally until 1911, when St. St. Paul's Mission
Erected 1984 by Michigan History Division, Department of State. (Marker Number L1028A.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 41° 59.082′ N, 86° 6.74′ W. Marker is in Dowagiac, Michigan, in Cass County. Marker is on Courtland Street 0.1 miles west of Center Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 306 Courtland St, Dowagiac MI 49047, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dowagiac World War II - Korean Conflict - Vietnam War Memorial (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); 19th Michigan Infantry Memorial (about 600 feet away); Willis M. Farr (about 600 feet away); Dowagiac World War I Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Dowagiac Civil War Monument (approx. Indian Lake Cemetery (approx. 4.4 miles away); Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church (approx. 4.4 miles away); First Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 4.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dowagiac.
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