Jackson in Jackson County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
St. Mary Star of the Sea Church
In 1880 Bishop Casper Henry Borgess of the Detroit Diocese approved the establishment of a second Catholic parish in the city of Jackson. The cornerstone ceremony for the parish church was held July 4, 1881. The present limestone Romanesque structure, erected in 1923/26 was designed by Frederick Spier of Detroit. One of the towers houses the 2,700-pound 1902 bell from the parish's first church. The edifice also features stained-glass windows imported from Innsbruck, Austria, and Italian Carrara marble altars and communion rails. The confessionals and sacristy cases were built using the pews of the first building. During the parish's growth from 124 members at its founding to 3,800 at the time of its centennial, it has had only six pastors.
Erected 1981 by Michigan History Division, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number L0885.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 4, 1881.
Location. 42° 14.68′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 120 E Wesley St, Jackson MI 49201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Deland Point: A Humanitarian Hub (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Paul's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Hurst Professional Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); City Bank and Trust Company, N.A. (approx. 0.2 miles away); This alley is named for Emma Nichols (approx. 0.2 miles away); Moments in Time (approx. 0.2 miles away); Austin Blair (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jackson.
Also see . . . St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church (Jackson, Michigan). Wikipedia entry (Submitted on April 10, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
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