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Monthly Meeting: Gordon Lloyd’s Wood Churches

Wednesday, August 9, 2023
7:00 - 8:00 pm

All Saints’ Church

About the Event

The Five Little Wood Churches by Gordon Lloyd

Learn about a celebrated Michigan architect, Gordon W. Lloyd (1832-1904) and the influential Gothic Revival church buildings he designed, in a joint program organized by the Saugatuck-Douglas History Center and All Saints’ Episcopal Church on August 9th.

The architectural history of Saugatuck’s All Saints’ Church is both the setting for the program and one of five “little wooden churches” examined in this lecture by historian Paul Trap.

Gordon W. Lloyd, a preeminent church architect in 19th century Michigan, was best known for his design of large stone Gothic places of worship in cities across the Midwest. Shortly after the American Civil War he was asked to design a little church that could be built with funds left by a free black woman and formerly enslaved woman of Detroit. Lloyd’s architectural plan was used to construct Saint James’ Church on Grosse Ile along the Detroit River; the plan was later used in four additional Episcopal mission parishes including All Saints’ Church in Saugatuck.

This free one hour program begins at 7 PM and attendees are invited to tour the church when doors open at 6 PM.

Lecturer Paul Trap is a retired educator from Grand Haven Public School District and historian who has written about railroad history and religious architecture in the Michigan Historical Review and Michigan History Magazine.


All Saints’ Episcopal Church
252 Grand Street
Saugatuck, MI 49453 United States