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If you travel north out of downtown Detroit along the main street, Woodward, you'll cross many religious structures. You'll see Catholic churches, Lutheran churches, Baptist churches, Catholic churches converted into other churches and synagogues. As you approach 12 Mile Road (12 miles north of downtown) you will see a tower rising in the distance. As you get closer you start to make out it's in the shape of a cross and then finally once you're there you see it stands in front of a church.

The National Shrine of the Little Flower is an art deco church built between 1920 and 1931. It started off as a small wood church for 28 families when Reverend Charles E. Coughlin was told to establish a Catholic parish in Royal Oak. Soon he had radio air-time and started a political show. He became famous nationally through his broadcasts and soon raised money to build a new church

Henry J. McGill of New York City was commissioned to design the church, bell tower and narthex. It was designed to fit the wedge shaped lot at the corner of Woodward, which runs on an angle and 12 Mile which is directly east/west.

The church is built of granite from Massachusetts and trimmed with Indiana Limestone. Stone inlay of the state flowers of 48 states adorn the walls to represent all the locations from which money was raised. The tower with the relief sculpture of the crucifix is made of limestone.

The church itself is octagonal in plan with galleries all around and chapels on the north and south. Three thousand can be seated beneath the nickel dome.

This isn't the best shot but before I post a couple more closer views I wanted to show the overall view of the church when you approach it.

In PP I played with the skew tool to correct for the perspective before resizing and sharpening.

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