This is part 3 of 3 of the St. Margaret Mary of Detroit series. I originally went to explore this Catholic church expecting for it to be a normal video. Fortunately for all of us, I had some wonderful surprises. These surprises has prompted me to create a 3 part series that takes me through 3 different buildings within one explore.
I’m releasing these 3 videos over a span of 3 days (back to back to back) and I am hoping you embrace and enjoy all of them.
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Urban Catholic School Abandoned and In Shambles | St. Margaret Mary of Detroit | Part 2 of 3
P.O. Box 27
Union Lake, MI 48387
St. Margaret Mary was founded in June of 1920, with its first service held in a doctor’s office on Bewick Avenue on Detroit’s east side. Any doubts he may have had about the viability of the parish were quickly wiped away, as the congregation grew quickly, and began construction of a church building on the corner of Warren Avenue and Lemay Street in late July. Within seven weeks the construction of the church was far enough along that services could be held in it, and was finished by December. Just six months had passed from founding to finishing.
In 1982, the Detroit Archdiocese closed St. Margaret Mary Church, which was only averaging about 50 to 65 parishioners on Sundays. The aging church building needed significant repairs, the cost of which could only be born by a larger congregation. Two years later, the church, parish house and the school (which had closed in 1970) were sold to Hill of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, which moved in 1984.
As recently as October of 2011 Hill of Calvary was still holding services in the church building. There were tentative plans to reopen the school as a community center, but the shrinking congregation was struggling to maintain and repair the sanctuary, which had fallen into disrepair. Sometime in late 2011 or early 2012 services were moved into the basement of the parish house in between the church and school. In August of 2012, the parish house and old sanctuary are broken into and badly vandalized. Musical instruments were stolen, and the perpetrators tried to set the church on fire. Police were called but weren’t able to make the scene, suggesting to the church that they file a report online. The parish house was boarded up a few days later, and has not been active since.