Project Description

St. Luke’s Treatment Center was built in 1917 and was originally built as St. Luke’s Hospital.  St. Luke’s Hospital was located at 224 Highland Street, near the corner of 3rd Street, in Highland Park, Michigan.  St. Luke’s Hospital was actually built as a hospital, a church, and an orphanage all in one.  It’s primary purpose was “for the care and relief of the sick, the aged, the infirmed persons, and even orphans.  Oddly enough, Highland Street would eventually be home to both St. Luke’s Hospital and eventually Detroit Osteopathic Hospital as well.  Highland Park is a suburb of Detroit, that is surrounded by Detroit, basically making it an extension of Detroit.  Highland Park has suffered from the exact same epidemics as Detroit; such as bankruptcy, corruption, and severe abandonment.

St. Luke’s Hospital was an all brick, three-story structure that was designed by architects John Scott & Company.  St. Luke’s Hospital had administrative offices, residential rooms, examination rooms, sun rooms, reception areas, dining hall, a large kitchen, and a memorial chapel on the east end of the building.

By 1950, St. Luke’s Hospital had ceased all medical and hospital operations and the building became the home and the headquarters of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.  St. Luke’s Episcopal Church would occupy the former hospital for many years until it was sold in 1994.

In 1994, the former St. Luke’s Hospital became Doorstep Homeless Shelter, however, most people know it as St. Luke’s Treatment Center.  Doorstep Homeless Shelter was an all women’s shelter where woman could receive a variety of social services including; drug/alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, child custody assistance, and even job training.  Doorstep Homeless Shelter helped many struggling women and children over the years and was recognized as one of Michigan’s best shelters and treatment centers.

It all came crashing down in 2006 when the owner of Doorstep Homeless Shelter was indicted by a federal grand jury for income tax evasion and sent to prison.  Doorstep Homeless Shelter was forced to try and sell out or close.

In 2008, Doorstep Homeless Shelter couldn’t rebound and closed their doors for good.  When Doorstep Homeless Shelter closed for good, the administration literally closed the doors to the agency and left everything behind.  Over the next few years the building was ransacked, scrapped, and even partially destroyed by fire.

As of 2015, the former St. Luke’s Hospital and former Doorstep Homeless Shelter still sits abandoned on a street that houses two abandoned hospitals and two abandoned schools.  There are current plans to turn this area of Highland Park into an art community and gallery.  Although nothing has happened yet, time will only tell.

 

St. Luke’s Treatment Center/Hospital in 2008-2009:

 

St. Luke’s Treatment Center/Hospital in 2010: