Historic Trinity


The Church Interpreted: "This is none other but the House of God, and this is the Gate of Heaven. Whosoever thou art that enterest this church, leave it not without a prayer to God for thyself, for those who minister, and for those who worship here."

Trinity Lutheran Church of Detroit is designed to express the spirit of that paragraph. A "Church" that is indeed, bringing out in each detail the original meaning of the Greek word Kyriakon: The Lord's House. Here also art finds its noblest use in the worship of Almighty God, for His plan of salvation for all mankind is depicted in materials such as glass, wood, metal, and stone.

This beautiful stone structure is the third church edifice in over a century of history as the Mother Lutheran Congregation of Missouri Synod churches in Detroit. The building is constructed of vari-colored granite and Indiana limestone, with slate roof and floor, oak woodwork and stained glass. Its style is 16th Century Pier-and-Clerestory Gothic, with a triforium gallery similar to those seen in Old World cathedrals.

Follow the links below to learn more intricate details of the architecture of our cathedral.

Historic Trinity Architecture and Artifacts Booklets give you detailed pictures and documentation on the architecture and artifacts of the Cathedral. You may also purchase the booklets.

LCMS President Dr. Matthew Harrison takes us on an impromptu tour of Historic Trinity Lutheran Church after wrapping up the Lutheran Malaria Initiative press conference in Detroit on June 27, 2011. Dr. Harrison said,

"Historic Trinity is one of the greatest sanctuaries of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod . Everywhere you turn, there is art and artifacts that take your mind up to the heavens. Before you build a new church , ot upgrade your present church, you need to come and see Historic Trinity Lutheran Church in Detroit. Come here to the place that causes your thoughts to transcend - it tells you divine things are happening here. The Gospel is given to you, and you are sent out to serve."

Take a Virtual Walking Tour of Historic Trinity. You will enjoy both the interior and exterior tour of our magnificent cathedral as you follow the moving camera.

Architectural Detail contains links that former Rev. Dr. Eberhard created to depicting artifacts, symbols, furnishings, or windows at Historic Trinity Lutheran Church.

Background of our Architecture Get a background of the architecture of Historic Trinity - its interior, stone figures, the Altar, and more.

Historic Trinity - The Artisans tells you the names of the artisans responsible for the interior and exterior of Historic Trinity.

The Eberhard Room gives you an opportunity to see pictures of former Dr. Eberhard's professional and family life and to view some of the exquisite dollhouses he builds.

Carvings from the former Our Saviour Lutheran Church have a new home in Historic Trinity's Huegli Auditorium. Follow this link for their history and meaning.

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Historic Trinity Lutheran Church
1345 Gratiot Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48207
Phone: (313) 567-3100
Fax: (313) 567-3209
Email: Historic Trinity

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