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New Catholic Church

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Plans for the foundations of the new I 3t.Thomas'Catholic chucrh.whioh is to I 36 erected on the church property at the corner of N. State and Kingsley ïtreets have been completed. It will, bowever, be f ully three years before the ihnroh will be complettd. Only the foundations ,vill be laid this year, to be followed next year by the enolosing of the builiug. The interior finishing will be completed the third year. The cut presentedherewith shows the shurch as seen from the Huron valley and from the trains coming from Detroit. The building will be crnciform Romanesque, 90x154 feet, built of field stone worked in three different styles with brown stone trimmings ánd traceries in the windows. The colurdns at the entranoes and the main towers will be of polished granite. The roofs of the towers will be of stone and of the church proper of Spanish tile. The interior of the church will be treated in pure Romanesque style. The main entranoe will be 40 feet high, with groups of clerestory windows, receiviug light from the roof dormers; the side navea will be 18 feet high and will serve practically for aisles only, being but 8 feet wide, The ceiling of the entire building will be vaulted. The altara will be of marble and the floor of marble raosaio. The heating of the clmrch will be done by indirect radiation, thus seonring reliable ventilation. A separate boiler house will be built onto the establishment on N. State street from whioh the church. school hall and rector.v will be supplied with steam. The site of the property is one of the best in the oity, being on top of the hill just south of tbe Michigan Central railroad, overlooking the entire Huron valley. The oost of the bnilding v?hen cerapleted will be $50,000. St. Thomas' congregation is oue of the largest, most flourishing and oldest of the oity. It possesses very extensiva and valuable property between State and Kingsley streets. Connected with the church there is a good scbool in which the Latín, English, Soientiflo and Commercial cotirses are taught. Besides the school thereisawell equipped Conservatory of Musio,;which has not suffered in the least by the establishment of the University School of Music, and whose anrnaal June Festival never fails to crowd the opera house. Upwards of 200 Catholic students from the university and a goodly number of people with high school proclivities are faithful attendants at St. Thomas' Church every Sunday. In the erection of the church it is thought that considerable help may be received from the Catholics of the state, who are public spirited enough and have interest enough in their religión to wish to see a grand edifice iu the Athens of the West, one which woald command the respect of their children in attendance at the uuiversity. This would saem the more likely as nearly all the ether churches have received such aid.


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