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Historic First Congregational Church in Detroit stays open after facade collapses

Church damaged by rain in August

DETROIT – Extensive damage won’t keep a historic Detroit church from closing.

It’s been a month since the facade of the First Congregational Church on Woodward collapsed after heavy rainfall. The Byzantine and Romanesque Revival frontage stood for more than 100 years before August showers took it down.

After the destructive storm Dr. Cindy Rice, the church pastor, immediately contacted restoration crews in an effort to prevent further structural damage that could potentially injure residents of the neighborhood.

But the damage hasn't stopped the church from remaining open to the community.

The week of the storm, they hosted a wedding, there’s a Red Hat Society fundraiser on Saturday morning, and during Dlectricity, the church will be hosting “Every Side of Here," a mixed media performance piece combining light, audio, and movement to explore the various concepts about “the sacred."

The insurance company has informed Rice that the collapse isn’t covered, so Rice has looked to crowdfunding to help pay for the repairs

Dlectricity is from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.

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