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In Jefferson Chalmers, this Gothic Revival church and grounds could be yours for $1.75M

The Saint Columba Church and Parish buildings were built in the early 1920s and recently restored

A three-story brick building with plentiful stone accents and arched windows on the first floor.
Saint Columba Parish building on East Jefferson
Photos by James Tumey

In recent years, as congregations have dwindled, churches have been adapted to become breweries, offices, lofts, and more. One Detroit church that just hit the market is prepped for a potential commercial owner with a creative idea.

The Saint Columba Church and Parish buildings on East Jefferson in Jefferson Chalmers, along with five adjacent empty lots, are now listed through James Tumey Friedman Urban for $1.75 million.

Construction finished on the beautiful Gothic Revival buildings designed by Lancelot Sukert in the 1920s. They were bought by Fox Creek Partners in the 2010s from the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan with plans to redevelop the buildings. While those never fully came to fruition, the developer did stabilize the buildings, in particular the parish, by white boxing the first floor for a storefront, restoring the windows and masonry, conducting asbestos abatement, and installing a new boiler.

The brick and stone parish is over 21,000 square feet spread over three stories and a finished basement. The third floor has a gymnasium with lockers, showers, and large kitchen that could be used for banquets or other events.

The church is over 11,000 square feet. And while some of the stucco is stained and falling off exposing the brick underneath, the nave is still impressive. Fox Creek Partners also developed preliminary designs for a restaurant in the church, and floor plans are included in the marketing brochure.

A stone archway and some landscaping in front of the brick building with square windows.
Side of the parish off Manistique Street
A large, open room with cement floor and pillars, and tarp over the arched windows
Gutted first floor of the parish with restored windows
Chairs and movable, metal storage racks are spread out on a large open space with cement floors
The second floor of the parish could be an office or design studio
A high-ceilinged basketball court with several hoops, basketballs, and teal hardwood floors.
Gymnasium on the parish’s third floor
A long stone church with arched leaded glass windows and a tall belfry.
The Saint Columba Church
The entrance is a wide, double door with large metal hinges. Rows of arched windows with stone details line the church.
Great details in the masonry and windows
Looking out over the main room of the church with rows of pews, stained-glass windows, and an arched room with wood scaffolding.
The church’s nave
A field of well-cut grass behind the church
Vacant lots behind the church