What is the history of development at St. John's?

  • After an initial period of dormancy, Cardinal Adam J. Maida in 1994 brought forth a vision of reviving the property as a resource for diocesan youth and families. The former seminary would see three phases of construction and expansion from 1994 to 2006.
  • In 1996, St. John’s Center for Youth & Family opened in Plymouth, Michigan, on the south side of the property. These renovations addressed deferred maintenance and conversion expenses.
  • In 1998, the rebirth of the historic facility surged again when work commenced on a redevelopment of St. John’s main buildings into a comprehensive center for corporate and social conferences, Catholic weddings and celebrations.
  • Ten acres of adjacent land was acquired from Northville Township to allow for expanding and upgrading the recreational component of the conference center.
  • In 2000, the grand opening of St. John’s Golf & Conference Center marked the completion of the careful restoration process.
  • In late 2005, the important addition of the Grande Ballroom, with seating for up to 450, created the largest ballroom in the conference center.  
  • In early 2006, St. John’s entered a new phase of development with the opening of the privately owned and financed “Inn at St. John’s” hotel on the property. The conference and banquet center capabilities were substantially expanded with the addition of on-site hotel rooms.
  • In 2018, the hotel building ownership was conveyed from the estate of William Pulte to the Archdiocese. In 2021, the entire complex was purchased by Pulte Family Management, SJ LLC.