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Hamtramck in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Saint Florian Church / Saint Florian Historic District

 
 
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Inscription.
Saint Florian Church
Saint Florian Parish was founded in 1907 to serve the Detroit area's rapidly expanding Polish Catholic community. By the 1920s Saint Florian was the second largest Catholic parish in Detroit, and it required a larger church. The Reverend John Bonkowski hired Boston architect Ralph Adams Cram to design this building, inspired by the Gothic churches of the Middle Ages. The church's medieval style contrasted with the modern industrial community. Nowakowski and Sons of Hamtramck built the church, and the J.M. Kase Company made the stained glass in its New York Studio. The working-class parishioners sacrificed to build the church. In 1929 American Architect magazine named it the best new church in America.

Saint Florian Historic District
The Saint Florian Historic District is roughly bounded by Holbrook, Joseph Campau, Yemans, and Dequindre Streets. Incorporated as a village in 1901, Hamtramck experienced rapid growth when Eastern European immigrants came to work at nearby Dodge, Ford, and Packard automotive plants. The village's population boomed from 3,559 in 1910 to 48,615 in 1920. In the shadow of the magnificent Saint Florian Church, modest houses occupy thirty-foot-wide lots. Platted in 1909 as Whitney's subdivision, the densely developed neighborhood
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By Joel S., June 20, 2015
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was built in anticipation of an influx of workers to the Dodge Main factory that opened less than one mile from here in 1910. The district reflects the tightly knit Polish community that first lived here.
 
Erected 2007 by Michigan Historical Commission - Michigan Historical Center. (Marker Number L2189.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 42° 23.626′ N, 83° 3.496′ W. Marker is in Hamtramck, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is at the intersection of Florian Street and Latham Street, on the left when traveling east on Florian Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2626 Poland Street, Hamtramck MI 48212, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hamtramck Stadium (approx. 0.4 miles away); Colonel John Francis Hamtramck (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Dodge Brothers / Dodge Main (approx. 0.4 miles away); Detroit Association of Women's Clubs (approx. 2.2 miles away); Omega Psi Phi (approx. 2.2 miles away); Lewis College of Business
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(approx. 2.2 miles away); Charles Lang Freer House / Merrill-Palmer Institute (approx. 2.3 miles away); Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hamtramck.
 
Also see . . .  Saint Florian Roman Catholic Church History. (Submitted on July 29, 2015, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Settlements & Settlers
 
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5. Saint Florian Church Stained Glass Windows
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 29, 2015, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 141 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 29, 2015, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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