Pride Immortalized in Stone: The Gothic Revival Churches of North St. Louis

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Most Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church

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Photo by Chris Naffziger
Most Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church.
A bright spot in a field of closed parishes, Most Holy Trinity is one of the few remaining Roman Catholic parishes open in north St. Louis. Its active congregation and parish school serve as symbols of stability in the Hyde Park neighborhood. The building has even survived severe tornado damage. The massive church, designed by Joseph Conradi, has with twin spires facing Interstate 70 and opened in 1899. It is a classic example of the artistic license architects in America often took with traditional architecture. Instead of the standard Gothic arch windows in the nave, Conradi inserted a row of rose windows.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church

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Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
While not a Roman Catholic parish, Bethlehem Lutheran competes with its Roman Catholic neighbors on the north side. Located in the southwest corner of Hyde Park, this church dates back to 1895 and was designed by architect Louis Wessbecher (who also designed St. Augustine). Of all of the four churches featured here, this one is suffering the most dilapidation; windows are missing, the roof is sagging and there is little money to start the renovation of such an expensive renovation. With new life coming to Hyde Park in the form of new and renovated construction, the survival of this church (God willing) could be a powerful symbol.

Chris Naffziger writes about architecture at St. Louis Patina. Contact him via e-mail at naffziger@gmail.com


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Genia Way
Genia Way

St. Louis needs to look at Indianapolis for inner city revitalization. They've done a wonderful job.

Don Occhi
Don Occhi

North St.Louis was,and is a beautiful and architectural section of the City. Beautiful churches,homes and commercial buildings ,many waiting for renewal.In other cities,these would be treasures worth saving.

Almas Farmhouseantiques
Almas Farmhouseantiques

I love this new section. Thanks RFT keep up the good work. Please do an article on endangered historic structures.

Christy Butler
Christy Butler

great Kerry Touchette. my Grandfather went to Holy Trinity school.

constantiainnocenti
constantiainnocenti

So glad you included Bethlehem Lutheran in here. I've driven by this church for 20 years now and it breaks my heart to see it fall apart. It's maddeningly and depressingly beautiful. I hope this church and the surrounding area can survive and thrive somehow.

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