a closer look at john wellborn root-designed ornament adorning st. gabriel's church (1887)

a closer look at john root's exterior ornament adorning st. gabriel's church (1887). i mainly focused on carved brownstone (cannot recall if the sandstone was quarried in michigan) ornament located on the north and west facades of church.

building alterations, including additions (e.g., vestibule and entry were added to north of church), and interior renovations (e.g., replacement of windows, pews, and light fixtures, etc.), were made after 1914. the church suffered a fire, dismantlement and rebuilding of tower, and pyramidal roof of tower was replaced with flat roof due to water leakage. despite this, the church is structurally sound and well-maintained.

furthr reading:

SELDOM SEEN RICHARD NICKEL PHOTOS DOCUMENTING THE DESTRUCTION OF BURNHAM AND ROOT'S CHURCH OF THE COVENANT

i don't want to sound like an alarmist, but i am concerned that the fate of burnham and root's saint gabriel's (1887) could very well be in jeopardy, ever since the archdiocese announced a wave of school and church closures. despite being extensively altered on multiple occasions (i.e., 1922, 1940, 1949, and 1954), its considered to be one of root's finest ecclesiastical works. it seems unfathomable that saint gabriel could end up going out the way covenant did, but you never know.

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