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Benicia in Solano County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Saint Paul's Episcopal Church

 
 
Saint Paul's Episcopal Church Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
1. Saint Paul's Episcopal Church Marker
Inscription. Designed in 1859 by Lt. Julian McAllister and built by shipwrights of the Pacific Mail and Steamship Company, St. Paul's is an outstanding example of early California Gothic ecclesiastical architecture. Notable for its fine craftsmanship, this building has continuously served the Episcopal Church since its consecration by the Rt. Rev. William Ingraham Kip in 1860.
 
Erected 1973 by The State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with Exxon, USA, November 25, 1973. (Marker Number 862.)
 
Location. 38° 3.114′ N, 122° 9.397′ W. Marker is in Benicia, California, in Solano County. Marker is on East J Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. The church is located on the corner of East J. Street and 1st Street (The church faces 1st Street). Marker is at or near this postal address: 120 East J Street, Benicia CA 94510, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1854 – Saint Paulís Episcopal Church – 1954 (here, next to this marker); First Masonic Hall Built in California (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of the First Protestant Church in California (about 600 feet away);
Saint Paul's Episcopal Church Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
2. Saint Paul's Episcopal Church Marker
World War I Memorial (about 600 feet away); Site of Benicia Seminary (about 800 feet away); Fischer-Hanlon House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Founders of Benicia (approx. 0.2 miles away); Robert Semple (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Benicia.
 
Regarding Saint Paul's Episcopal Church. This site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No.862 on July 20, 1973.
 
Also see . . .
1. A lithograph of St. Paulís Episcopal Church circa 1890ís. (Submitted on February 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. The City of Benicia is Born. (Submitted on February 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
Additional comments.
1. St. Paulís Church (1859)
The present church was built in 1859. Lay readers conducted the early services, among them Captain Julian McAllister. In 1867 St. Paulís became the first Episcopal Cathedral for Northern California with the Reverend J.H.D. Wingfield as bishop.
Work on the building was done by Scandinavian shipwrights
Saint Paul's Episcopal Church Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
3. Saint Paul's Episcopal Church
from the Pacific Mail and Steamship Company. The nautical heritage is reflected in the ceiling, which resembles an inverted shipís hull and is similar in design to the Norwegian stave churches. California redwood with wooden dowels was used in this edifice, which has a floor plan shaped like a cross.
Source: Historic Benicia Walking Tour brochure.
    — Submitted February 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

 
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Saint Paul's Episcopal Church Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
4. Saint Paul's Episcopal Church
Saint Paul's Episcopal Church Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
5. Saint Paul's Episcopal Church
Looking Toward the Alter
Saint Paul's Episcopal Church Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
6. Saint Paul's Episcopal Church
Looking towards the back of the church
Saint Paul's Rectory (1790) Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 20, 2009
7. Saint Paul's Rectory (1790)
Built 1790
In 1864 Captain Julian McAllister purchased a typical New England saltbox home that had been built in 1790 in Torrington, Connecticut. He had it dismantled and shipped around the Horn to San Francisco. From the Bay, it was floated by barge on the Carquinez Strait to Benicia and reassembled at its present site. Source: Historic Benicia Walking Tour brochure.
 
 
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