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One of the city’s great Catholic church buildings, St. Stans, on Dubois Street,  is 100 years old and can be classified as a fixer-upper. It needs considerable repair. The real estate listing says the church has 22,000 square feet, with a sanctuary that seats 900, a choir stand, balcony and baptismal pool. Designed by Harry J. Rill, a Detroit architect, St. Stans has a Baroque exterior and an interior done in an opulent Beaux-Arts style, typical in elaborate Polish Catholic churches. St. Stans opened in 1913, during the frenzy of the early auto age, when the neighborhood was home to an increasing number of immigrants, especially Poles. Nearby churches include St. Albertus, St. Josaphat and Sweetest Heart of Mary. Suburban flight after World War II robbed the parish of many families, then the city cut the parish in two with the Ford Freeway, which runs a block north of the church, which is easily visible to motorists on I-94, just east of the Chrysler Freeway. In the early 1980s, the destruction of the neighborhood continued, with the construction of General Motors’ Poletown plant. // See a picture of the church here… Sounds like a deal to me… although the current owner bought the church for just $2,500 in a foreclosure sale.  🙂