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Lexington in Fayette County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

St. Paul Catholic Church

 
 
St. Paul Catholic Church Marker (<i>side one</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 18, 2017
1. St. Paul Catholic Church Marker (side one)
Inscription.  
(side one)
The cornerstone was laid on Nov. 12,1865 and church consecrated by the Rt. Rev. G.A. Carroll, Bishop of Covington, on Oct. 18, 1868. The remains of the first pastor, Fr. Bekkers, are interred in a vault in the narthex of the church. In 1909, St Paul was divided into two separate and distinct parishes due to substantial growth.     Over.

(side two)
The church is a fine example of Gothic Revival architecture. At the time of completion, the 210-foot bell tower was the tallest in the city. Clocks from Boston added in 1883 were the city's first church tower clocks. The twelve single-panel stained glass windows were designed and manufactured by G. C. Riordan Co. in Cincinnati.

2015 * Kentucky Historical Society * Kentucky Department of Highways * 2468

 
Erected 2015 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2468.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureChurches & Religion. A significant historical date for this entry is November 12, 1865.
 
Location.
St. Paul Catholic Church Marker (<i>side two</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 18, 2017
2. St. Paul Catholic Church Marker (side two)
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38° 3.02′ N, 84° 29.999′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Kentucky, in Fayette County. Marker is at the intersection of West Short Street and Algonquin Street, on the left when traveling south on West Short Street. Marker is located beside the sidewalk, directly in front of the subject church, on the left side of the main front staircase. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 425 West Short Street, Lexington KY 40507, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mary Todd Lincoln (a few steps from this marker); Lexington (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Town Branch (about 400 feet away); Pioneer Burying Ground (about 400 feet away); African American Physicians (about 500 feet away); First Inauguration (about 700 feet away); Breckinridge's Last Home (about 700 feet away); School Of Medicine (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
 
St. Paul Catholic Church Marker (<i>tall view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 18, 2017
3. St. Paul Catholic Church Marker (tall view)
St. Paul Catholic Church Marker (<i>side two, wide view; church entrance in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 18, 2017
4. St. Paul Catholic Church Marker (side two, wide view; church entrance in background)
St. Paul Catholic Church (<i>tall view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 18, 2017
5. St. Paul Catholic Church (tall view)
St. Paul Catholic Church (<i>wide view; marker visible beside staircase at left</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 18, 2017
6. St. Paul Catholic Church (wide view; marker visible beside staircase at left)
St. Paul Catholic Church School (<i>adjacent to church on south side</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 18, 2017
7. St. Paul Catholic Church School (adjacent to church on south side)
Father Bekkers, the first pastor of Saint Paul parish is credited with opening a school for boys next to the church. He was also instrumental in the founding of Saint Joseph hospital and he purchased land for Calvary Cemetery. At Father Bekkers’ request he was buried in a vault in the main vestibule of Saint Paul church.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 126 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   5. submitted on June 27, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   6, 7. submitted on June 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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