“…by the Catholic monochrome…”

“Adrenochrome” – Sisters of Mercy (1982)

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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


6 responses

  1. You, Sir, have a fine eye for angle, perspective and telling detail. I’m happy to have found your blog.
    My best to you


    September 26, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    • Thank you… That is very nice of you to say. I am glad you enjoy my offerings at this blog… it is a labor of love for me.

      Liked by 1 person

      October 11, 2014 at 11:37 pm

  2. 1889…. wow
    love the fish


    September 26, 2014 at 11:56 pm

  3. I came back to comment because I’ve thought of this post several times–it’s a very interesting series and you’ve captured a nice mix of details mixed with “the bigger picture.” Plus–I always enjoy your historical backstory.


    October 9, 2014 at 7:31 pm

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