St. Anne Church is designed in a timely style, the Early Renaissance of Italy – the style of the revival of the classics, invention, music, the arts. This is the style that was the transition from the glorious days of the Gothic to the inspired golden age of the revival.
The plan of the Church was being worked out at the start of the Ecumencial Council where the format for the new rules on the liturgy was being debated and promulgated. Fortunately, we were able to design according to these new ideas, and thus the reason for the three naves converging on the sanctuary and the altar visible to all.
The style of this building was dedicated to the time-honored and respected Saint of the family, St. Anne.
The main or formal entrance, with a statue of each member of the Holy Family over each of the three doors and framed in blue mosaic bands, faces on Mound Road. The side entrances and rear entrances are less formal and are for easy access from the parking areas.
An entrance on the east side also serves as an entrance to the rectory. Over the side and rear entrances are carved plaques of symbols of the Church. The sculptures work throughout was done from models made by Corrado Parducci of Detroit whose other works grace buildings throughout Detroit and the United States.
The dominant feature of the Church is the campanile or bell tower with the carved stone mural ascending the west face, depicting the family of St. Anne and her husband St. Joachim; the Mother of Mary, the Blessed Virgin who was betrothed to St. Joseph and was the mother of Jesus, who is the second person of the Trinity. The dove carved in the buttress above Jesus represents the Holy Spirit, and the crown of the buttress represents God the Father.
The tower, built above the Baptistry, the entrance of the person to the Faith, is sixty-five feet high and is topped out with stone tracery openings and red ceramic tile panels with a red mission tiled roof.
The nave of the Church with its vaulted ceiling sprinkled with pin lights will sparkle at night, and the contemporary design of the stained glass windows add a delightful tone of color to the interior. Cove lighting at the side walls will make a lighted setting for the vaulted ceiling.
The carpeted sanctuary sets out, so that all may see the sacrifice of the Mass, on a black granite altar silhouetted against a light tone of blue ceramic tile in the reredos. The reredos forms a screen across the work sacristy and it also has a featured panel and table for the tabernacle containing the Holy Eucharist.
The stone arches, panels, and carved capped columns form and overall background for the sanctuary. The left arched panel opens through a cloister to the Chapel and the right arched panel contains mosaic panels of the Saints.