Everyone loves a parade! This one’s about to start on Ouellette Avenue just south of Wyandotte Street in around 1905.
If someone from this photo were to time travel to 2011, they would NEVER recognize the street today. The trees are gone, the trolleys and tracks are gone, the horses are gone, and the only building that still stands from that time is Central United Church at 628 Ouellette which is tucked behind the trees at the left of the photo. Today you’ll find it next door to Shoppers Drug Mart.
This church replaced an earlier one at Windsor Avenue and Chatham Street that was destroyed by a fire earlier the same year. The building was designed by the Detroit architectural firm of Kastler & Hunter. The cornerstone from the original church was placed by the south entrance, while a new cornerstone with the date of 1904 was laid by the north door.
I really like the look of Central United and I’m happy it’s still with us. The church features two entrance doors, one on each side of the main facade and is capped by a large dome, as well as beautiful stained glass. Central United opened its doors on Sunday, December 10 in 1905.
Like most churches, the congregation has shrunk in recent yours so if you’re hunting around for a nice old “centrally located” church : ), or you’d just like to learn a bit more about it, here’s the link. And here’s another.