Second Chapel Hill Missionary Baptist Church

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Second Chapel Hill Missionary Baptist Church 2015-08-11T21:19:50+00:00

Project Description

Second Chapel Hill Missionary Baptist Church was built in 1928 and was located at 14142 Fordham Street near the corner of Gratiot Avenue, on Detroit’s upper east side. Second Chapel Hill Missionary Baptist Church was a two-story structure that was designed in a Romanesque Revival architectural style.

The façade of Second Chapel Hill Missionary Baptist Church was made of red-brick and featured stone accents. Second Chapel Hill Missionary Baptist Church was a large structure that contained a church section and a school building that were connected by a covered-walkway. The covered-walkway that connected the two buildings was located at the front of the structure. The walkway was part indoor and part outdoor, where as the outdoor section featured brick columns that were used as the support for the covered-walkway. The brick columns transformed into large stone-arches along the entire covered-walkway. The church section of Second Chapel Hill Missionary Baptist Church was located to the south or left of the covered-walkway. The Second Chapel Hill Missionary Baptist Church had a main entrance that had a brick-walled stairway that led up to the doorway. The brick-walls were all topped with a smooth, stone covering. The main entrance doorway itself was inset, arched, and featured a thick, stone border around it. On each side of the stone-arched doorway, tall, flat, extended, stone-columns rose above the main entrance and came to a point. The stone bordering continued upward and provided another border for the second-floor, stained-glass windows. The border around the second-floor windows was much thinner, featured quoins, and curved around the arches of the three stained-glass windows. The front façade of Second Chapel Hill Missionary Baptist Church also featured two more small, arched, stained-glass windows. One window was located on each side of the main entrance doorway. The exterior windows on the sides of the sanctuary façade were also arched and made of stained-glass, but they were bordered in brick, circular-designs. Second Chapel Hill Missionary Baptist Church ‘s roofline featured a pitched cornice that extended upward and formed a peak at the center of the church’s exterior. Second Chapel Hill Missionary Baptist Church was a magnificent church.

Second Chapel Hill Missionary Baptist Church used the church throughout most of the structure’s existence. Second Chapel Hill Missionary Baptist Church had a decent size congregation and the location was actually one of two of their church’s. The congregation actually had a church on the west side and one on the east side (the east side one is featured here). Second Chapel Hill Missionary Baptist Church featured a rectangular floor plan that consists of the two sanctuaries, offices, a nursery, a gymnasium, and classrooms.

Second Chapel Hill Missionary Baptist Church operated the church until 2011. The Second Chapel Hill Missionary Baptist Church sat vacant for a couple of years and suffered some scrapper damage, but most of the damage was minor.

In 2013, the New Welcome Missionary Baptist Church announced that they had purchased the church and began to move their operations.

As of 2015, the New Welcome Missionary Baptist Church continues to hold services out of the church. We at Detroit-ish hope that the church will remain and another historic structure can be saved.

 

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