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With a big sign on their building

Photo by Robin Runyan

The financial district has new neighbors.

The Church of Scientology celebrated the opening of its new Detroit location on Sunday, shutting down part of Griswold Street for many of its followers. The church plans to sell its Farmington Hills location and move staff into the downtown Detroit building.

Last summer, the church started renovating its building at 1 Griswold, which it has owned since 2007. The church has worked for years to gain approval for its signage on the 1930 building.

The church paid $3.5 million for the Standard Savings & Loan Building in 2007, and the renovations cost about $8 million.

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Courtesy of the Church of Scientology
Courtesy of the Church of Scientology
Courtesy of the Church of Scientology
The public information center
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Courtesy of the Church of Scientology
The office of L. Ron Hubbard “stands in honor of the religion’s Founder and symbolizes that this Church is true to his writings and ideals.”
Courtesy of the Church of Scientology

The building is in a highly visible downtown location. It sits across from Hart Plaza along Jefferson Avenue, across from One Woodward. It’s a couple blocks from Cobo Center and a block away from the Guardian Building.

The site itself is historic in that it was the original location for the first Ste. Anne de Detroit church in 1701. Ste. Anne de Detroit moved to its current, and eighth, location in Southwest Detroit in 1886.

The Standard Savings & Loan Building was built in 1930, and features design elements by sculptor Corrado Parducci.

The building will be open to the public, and the church will offer tours.