Woodward Avenue Presbyterian Church in Detroit (aka St. Curvy)

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A quick panoramic of Woodward Avenue Presbyterian Church in Detroit from the pulpit looking toward the dramatic, curving wooden balcony. The church is one of the most beautiful in the city – and there is hope that it may once again become a house of the holy.
Learn more – and see more – about this abandoned Detroit landmark in the book “Lost Detroit: Stories Behind the Motor City’s Majestic Ruins” by Dan Austin of HistoricDetroit.org.

For more on Detroit’s forgotten architecture, including on this church, check out HistoricDetroit.org.

The 2018 Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit, Michigan

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The Woodward Dream Cruise event is a classic car event held annually on the third Saturday of August in Metropolitan Detroit, Michigan, along Woodward Avenue, a major thoroughfare built in the early 20th century. The WDC Event spans much of the avenue: drivers travel from the suburbs of Pontiac through Ferndale in Oakland County, Michigan, to the State Fair Grounds within the Detroit city limits, just south of 8 Mile Road. An estimated one million spectators attended the 2009 Woodward Dream Cruise.[1]

Woodward Dream Cruise
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A view of the 13th Annual Dream Cruise (2007) from atop a building located on Woodward Ave. near Maple Road (aka: 15 Mile Road) in Birmingham, MI
Third Saturday in August
2017 date
August 19
2018 date
August 18
2019 date
August 17
2020 date
August 15
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Starting in 1848, when the roadway was converted from logs to planks, young carriage drivers would race along Woodward Avenue.[2] Woodward Avenue was developed as a major street in Detroit in the early 20th century, and was lined with mansions and major churches.

By 1958, the roadway was used by youth for unofficial street racing with cars. The wide width, median, and sections lacking a large commercial presence attracted drivers eager for the competition. The numerous drive-ins along the upper road, each with its dedicated local teenaged clientele, were also popular. In the age of the muscle car, Woodward had numerous car dealerships and automobile accessory shops. These completed the attractions for young adults to cruise, race and hang out along the road

“How to Survive the Ministry” – Raymond Woodward

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Arizona District Conference – April 8, 2015 – Casa Grande, AZ
United Pentecostal Church International
A Presentation of Arizona School of Ministry – www.AZSOM.COM

“The Blood Speaks” Raymond Woodward

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Arizona District Conference – April 9, 2015 – Casa Grande, AZ
United Pentecostal Church International
A Presentation of Arizona School of Ministry – www.AZSOM.COM

2 Alarm Fire in a Vacant Church, Woodward Avenue Detroit – 5/11/14

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At approximately 6:30AM Engine 1 had just extinguished an automobile fire and was returning to quarters when they reported smoke and a possible fire several blocks away. On investigation they found a fire in a vacant church on Woodward Avenue and Edmund Place and requested the box. When Chief 1 arrived on the scene he called for a second alarm, as well as two additional engine companies. Senior Chief reported that units would be taking a defensive posture, as the church by this point was fully involved. Three ladder trucks and supporting engines brought the fire under control within an hour. Crews were hampered by low water pressure and equipment problems, with Ladder 7 overheating and having to go to the repair shop. Engine 9 overheated and caught fire, requiring an additional engine to extinguish.

The 125-year-old church was a total loss. Arson is suspected, as the owner had sought to demolish the church, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The location had been placed on a list of potential owner arson targets by the Department of Justice, who got in touch with arson investigators. Due to the condition of the building and the facade facing out over a busy street, it was partly demolished later in the day.


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Here we are in Paradise, that’s Tucson, Arizona on a beautiful afternoon at an outdoor cafe. It’s the corner of Church and Congress St and we can see the former Valley Bank Building, site of the 1956 movie “A Kiss Before Dying” starring Robert Wagner and Joanne Woodward. In the movie we see a beautiful panorama of the city more than 50 years ago right before he throws her off the top of the building. With us at the cafe is lovely Dorothy McCutcheon (Dorothy Haas), 1961 graduate of Catalina High School.