Historic Structures

Mariners Church, Detroit Michigan

Date added: April 29, 2013 Categories: Michigan Church

The church which cost a trifle over $15,000.00 for the building and its furniture and has a seating capacity of 500 persons, became a reality through the will of Mrs. John Anderson. Col. John Anderson with his wife and sister-in-law Miss Charlotte Ann Taylor, came to Detroit on the first steamboat on the Upper Lakes, the "Walk-in-the-Water". Mrs. Anderson and her sister Miss Taylor, had an agreement that their estate should be used for the erection of a church for mariners and Mrs. Anderson who survived Col. Anderson and her sister, made her will accordingly.

The spirit of the sea prevails throughout the building. A small service stairway toward the front of the church from the first floor going up (installed at a little later date) is lettered "Hatchway to Main Auditorium", The Life Preservers that hang on the wall and the "Anchor" hand rail brackets on the main stairway, are items of interest in the furnishing and equipment of the interior. Also on each side of the altar are "Ships lights" which are regulation starboard and port lights.

At the right of the altar is a small room which was used as a library having a small balcony and shelving extending high up on the walls.