West Vernor-Junction Historic District


West Vernor-Junction Historic District

Infobox_nrhp | name =West Vernor-Junction Historic District
nrhp_type = hd



caption = South side of Vernor at Junction, looking west
location= Detroit, Michigan
lat_degrees = 42
lat_minutes = 19
lat_seconds = 2
lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 83
long_minutes = 6
long_seconds = 7
long_direction = W
locmapin = Michigan
area =
architect= Jogerst, Joseph P.; et.al.
architecture= Early Commercial, Art Deco
added = December 12, 2002
governing_body = Private
mpsub=West Vernor Highway Survey Area, Detroit, Michigan MPS
refnum=02001503cite web|url=http://www.nr.nps.gov/|title=National Register Information System|date=2008-04-15|work=National Register of Historic Places|publisher=National Park Service]

West Vernor-Junction Historic District is a commercial historic district located along West Vernor Highway between Lansing and Calvary in Detroit, Michigan. The district includes 160 acres and 44 buildings. [http://www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/mi/Wayne/districts.html MICHIGAN - Wayne County - Historic Districts] from www.NationalRegisterofHistoricPlaces.com]

Significance

The West Vernor-Junction Historic District is adjacent to Mexicantown and contains a large vibrant Latino community and resurgent neighborhoods. It includes the historic Most Holy Redeemer Church which was once estimated as the largest Catholic parish in North America. [ [http://www.mostholyredeemer.net/historyeng.htm Most Holy Redeemer Parish History] ] Its associated high school is now closed, but still contains an elementary school. The locally popular Roman Catholic high school was replaced by another in suburban Detroit. A Hollywood movie, "The Rosary Murders" (1987), starring actor Donald Sutherland prominently featured the neighbhorhood. As in other Southwest Detroit neighborhoods such as Springwells Village, West Vernor Highway here is its main commercial thoroughfare. Churches, parks, recreation centers, and theatres archor neighborhoods such as the West Vernor-Junction. The major area parks include Clark's Park and Patton Park, both named for the famous World War II generals. The 600-seat Stratford Theatre at 4751 W. Vernor Hwy., designed by Joseph P. Jogerst, seated 1,137 when it opened in 1916. The Art Deco-styled Stratford in the West Vernor-Junction Historic District has operated as a retail store since 1985.

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