Historic Detroit

Most Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church

Most Holy Trinity is not only one of the oldest churches in the city, it is also Detroit’s second oldest parish, having been established in 1835. Only Ste. Anne de Detroit is older.

Trinity was also the first parish in Detroit specifically geared toward English-speaking Catholics.

This church was designed by East Coast architect Patrick C. Keely and opened in 1855. The window in the liturgical east wall was designed by the famed artist Ignace Schott. The rest of the stained glass was made by Friedrichs & Staffin, the earliest known stained glass studio in Michigan, and forerunner of the Detroit Stained Glass Works.

“One thing that’s neat about the building is that Keely clearly had the Trinity in mind,” Detroit historian and architectural expert William M. Worden noted to HistoricDetroit.org. “It’s not unusual that it’s three bays, or aisles, wide. But it’s nine bays long: 3 by 3. That means that there are 27 vaults in the ceiling 3 by 3 by 3.”

Trinity is also home to the oldest Michigan-built pipe organ in the state.

More on this building coming soon.