Brooklyn, Michigan: St. Joseph's Shrine - Fake Wood SculpturesNext to a historic stone church are 14 outdoor Stations of the Cross built by two Mexican artists from 1932-1936. Wet cement was sculpted into fake wood and stone along the walkways.
St. Joseph's Church
- 8743 US Hwy 12, Brooklyn, MI
- St. Joseph's Church. North side on US Hwy 12 just west of Springville Hwy, look for stone church and cemetery.
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This grotto is down the street from the now closed Western Town in the Irish Hills. I stop here every year several times. The 14 outdoor Stations of the Cross are very cool, built in the 1930s by two Mexican artisans, Dionicio Rodriquez and Ralph Corona.
The stone church is fantastic![Jenny GK, 02/27/2011]
Constructed from 1932 to 1936, the shrine draws part of its inspiration from the Lourdes grotto in France. The arches, walkway railings and steps are cement made to look like wood and stone. Dionicio Rodriquez also created the fake woodwork at Arkansas's Old Mill Park, and Tennessee's Crystal Shrine Grotto.