Brownsville in Cameron County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Sacred Heart Church
Built in 1912, designed by Frederick B. Gaenslen, the church was established by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate as the first English-speaking Catholic parish in Brownsville. Built in the Gothic Revival style, it was severely damaged by the hurricanes of 1963 and 1967 and later restored. The stained glass windows bear the names of many of the pioneer and prominent families of the area.
Construida en 1912 y diseñada por Frederick B. Gaenslen, la iglesia fue establecida por los Misioneros Oblatos de María Inmaculada. Fue la primera parroquia católica de habla-ingles en Brownsville. La iglesia estilo neogótico sufrio danos severos durante los huracanes de 1963 y 1967 y depues fue restaurada. Las vidrieras tienen los nombres de varias de las familias pioneras y prominentes de la region.
Erected by Brownsville Historical Association.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Churches & Religion • Disasters. A significant historical year for this entry is 1912.
Location. 25° 54.29′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 602 East Elizabeth Street, Brownsville TX 78520, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Sacred Heart Church (here, next to this marker); Sacred Heart Catholic Church (a few steps from this marker); Rock/Gomez House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rock-Gomez Residence (about 500 feet away); Alonso Building (about 600 feet away); Russell/Cocke House (about 600 feet away); Alonso Complex (about 600 feet away); U.S. Federal Building (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brownsville.
More about this marker. Marker is in the Brownsville Historical Trail series.
Also see . . .
1. Hurricane Cindy (1963). Hurricane Cindy was the first hurricane to form in the Gulf of Mexico since 1960. Cindy developed within a trough as a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico on 16 September. The disturbance swiftly intensified to hurricane strength, with a distinct eye becoming visible on satellite imagery as it drifted north-northwestwards toward the Texas coastline. Despite favorable conditions, with high sea surface temperatures, the storm only intensified into a Category 1 hurricane. (Submitted on July 5, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Hurricane Beulah (1967). (This link presents details, photos, and video of hurricane Beulah and its aftermath in Brownsville.) In 1967, Hurricane Beulah hit the Texas coast, causing the Rio Grande to overflow its banks and leading to what some called the worst flooding of the 20th century. This Universal Newsreel includes shots of city streets battered by the wind and rain, gulf waters rising, the flooded Brownsville airport, and aerial views of parts of Texas devastated by the storm. (Submitted on July 5, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 9, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 5, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 90 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 5, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.