Project Description

State Fair Avenue Church of God was built in 1929 and was located at 36 East State Fair Avenue at the corner of Coventry Street, on Detroit’s north east side. State Fair Avenue Church of God was a two-story church that was designed a Romanesque Revival architectural style.

State Fair Avenue Church of God had an all red-brick exterior with tall, flat, narrow brick-columns that decorated the entire façade of the church. The main entrance of State Fair Avenue Church of God featured a brick, covered-porch that had two stairways on each side of the porch. The stairways met up at the brick porch and was extended out from the rest of the building. The covered-porch was supported by two brick-columns and also had a metal balustrade that was located on the front of the porch, in between each set of stairs. The extended, covered-porch was crowned with a stone cornice. The front façade of the church had two of the tall, flat, brick-columns that extended vertical and up through the roofline cornice. Located above the covered-porch and between the two brick-columns on the façade, a large arched-window served as the church’s centerpiece and main window for accenting natural light. This large, arched-window was bordered in curved-brick detail and crowned with a stone-quoin at the top of the arch. Each of the panes of the window were divided by original, wooden mullions. Also on the façade of State Fair Avenue Church of God and located on each side of the covered-porch, there were two small, rectangular windows. Directly above each of the small, rectangular windows, there was another window. These windows were both arched and bordered in curved-brick designs, and the same design as the large, centerpiece window. The windows along the side of State Fair Avenue Church of God are also arched, bordered in a circular brick design, and feature a stone-quoin as the crown. The roofline of State Fair Avenue Church of God was a pitched cornice that extended upward and formed a peak at the center of the church’s exterior. The most prominent feature of State Fair Avenue Church of God is the church’s giant steeple. The steeple itself is a tall, narrow, copper, cone-like design and crowned with a cross. The steeple rises from a tall, brick, chimney-like extension that comes from the back wing of the church. State Fair Avenue Church of God is truly a beautiful church.

State Fair Avenue Church of God used the church throughout most of the structure’s existence. State Fair Avenue Church of God had a decent size congregation and the location was a perfect fit for many years. State Fair Avenue Church of God features a rectangular floor plan that consists of the sanctuary, offices, a small library, a nursery, a weight room, and classrooms.

State Fair Avenue Church of God eventually had problems with the building, such as a leaky roof and a outdated plumbing. State Fair Avenue Church of God had to eventually move.

In 2011, State Fair Avenue Church of God was finally closed and the congregation left. The church was quickly looted by scrappers and destroyed by vandals. Although State Fair Avenue Church of God was abandoned, it didn’t stay that way for long.

In 2012, another congregation by the name of Prophetic Corner Deliverance Ministries announced that they had purchased the former State Fair Avenue Church of God. Prophetic Corner Deliverance Ministries did eventually clean up the church and services resumed by 2013.

As of 2015, the former State Fair Avenue Church of God is still owned by Prophetic Corner Deliverance Ministries, but it seems to have fallen back into despair. Although the services have stopped, someone keeps a very close eye on the property.