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Saint Petersburg in Pinellas County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

St. Mary, Our Lady of Grace Church

Established 1908

 

—Oldest Catholic Church in the City of St. Petersburg —

 
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By Fr. Len Plazewski, February 24, 2011
1. St. Mary, Our Lady of Grace Church Marker
Inscription. Initially served by the Jesuits from Sacred Heart in Tampa, a small wood-frame chapel named “St. Mary” was built at the northwest corner of Sixth Street and Fifth Avenue South in 1908. By 1913, a new and larger brick church was constructed at Fourth Street and Third Avenue South. The present landmark church was built in 1929 on land from the estate of General John Williams. Inspired by the basilica of Santo Stefano Rotundo in Rome, architect Henry Taylor decided to build St. Mary’s in an octagonal shape, which represents the Day of the Resurrection. The church is Byzantine in style with Romanesque features that include numerous balconies and grand archways imbedded with various Christian symbols. The magnificent Italian and German stained glass windows and impressive altar canopy help raise the worshippers’ thoughts to God. Since 1988, the parish has been served by the Franciscan Friars T.O.R.
 
Erected 2011 by Diocese of St. Petersburg.
 
Location. 27° 45.935′ N, 82° 38.317′ W. Marker is in Saint Petersburg, Florida, in Pinellas County. Marker is at the intersection of Dali Boulevard (5th Avenue South) and Fourth Street South, on the right when traveling east on Dali Boulevard (5th Avenue South). Click for map
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By Fr. Len Plazewski, February 24, 2011
2. St. Mary, Our Lady of Grace Church Marker
. Marker is on a brick wall on street level in front of church on the steps leading from the sidewalk up to the main entrance of the church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 515 4th Street South, Saint Petersburg FL 33701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. S. H. Kress and Co. Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Our Heroes of the World War (approx. half a mile away); World Record (approx. half a mile away); Pinellas County Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away); The United States Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Pioneer Park (approx. half a mile away); Demens Landing (approx. half a mile away); Brigadier General Thaddeus Kosciuszko (approx. half a mile away).
 
Also see . . .  St. Mary Our Lady of Grace Church. (Submitted on February 25, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
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By Michael C. Wilcox, September 19, 2016
3. St. Mary, Our Lady of Grace Church Marker
St. Mary, Our Lady of Grace Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, September 19, 2016
4. St. Mary, Our Lady of Grace Church Marker
St. Mary, Our Lady of Grace Church image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, September 19, 2016
5. St. Mary, Our Lady of Grace Church
St. Mary, Our Lady of Grace Church image. Click for full size.
By Fr. Len Plazewski, January 12, 2010
6. St. Mary, Our Lady of Grace Church
St. Mary, Our Lady of Grace Church (Main Altar) image. Click for full size.
By Fr. Len Plazewski, January 12, 2010
7. St. Mary, Our Lady of Grace Church (Main Altar)
Interior of St. Mary, Our Lady of Grace Church image. Click for full size.
By Fr. Len Plazewski, January 12, 2010
8. Interior of St. Mary, Our Lady of Grace Church
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Fr. Len Plazewski of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 882 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Fr. Len Plazewski of Tampa, Florida.   3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.   6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Fr. Len Plazewski of Tampa, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on November 8, 2016.
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