“…by the Catholic monochrome…”
“Adrenochrome” – Sisters of Mercy (1982)
Towering high above the modest homes on Scranton Avenue, in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood on Cleveland’s near-west side: Saint Michael Archangel Church.
Work to build this majestic High Victorian Gothic Roman Catholic church was begun in 1889 and completed in 1892. Today, it’s once buff-colored Berea Sandstone exterior has taken on a granite-like black patina–evidence from the nearby steel mills smoke and soot billowing into the air for a century, plus.
Originally built for worship by the neighborhood’s sizable German immigrant population, many who worked in the steel mills, Saint Michael Church was Cleveland’s tallest building from it’s opening until 1924. Today it still stands as the city’s tallest church.
Over the years, with changing demographics, the Clark-Fulton neighborhood became home to a growing Hispanic/Latino population, and the Church adapted. In 1971 Saint Michael Archangel Church offered it’s first Mass said in Spanish. Today the Church caters almost exclusively to Spanish speaking Clevelanders living on the near-west side.
Photos taken September 22, 2014