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Pensacola in Escambia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Christ Episcopal Church

Christ Episcopal Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, March 10, 2014
1. Christ Episcopal Church Marker
Inscription.  Christ Church, founded in 1827, was incorporated by the Legislative Council of the Territory of Florida in 1829. The first church, constructed in 1832, still stands on Seville Square. Later, Chicago architect John Sutcliffe and Pensacola contractor A.D. Alfred built a new church on this site at Wright and Palafox. The first services were held here by the Reverend Percival Whaley, rector, on Easter Sunday, 1903. The exterior of the building is unchanged since then, and its Spanish Baroque architecture reflects the city’s heritage. The building’s brick walls are covered with pebble-concrete stucco. A tiled narthex leads to the nave where wooden pews seat 600. The gable roofs have barrel tile surfaces and a copper-covered dome over the transepts. From the days of the Reverend Joseph Saunders (1836-1839), Christ Church has been involved in community outreach. Since then, members have been leaders in the city’s growth and development. Historic Christ Church was the mother congregation of Episcopalians in Northwest Florida and one of seven churches in the state when the Diocese of Florida was founded in 1839. The present Christ Church was the site
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of the Primary Convention of the new Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast in 1970.
Erected 2001 by the Church Wardens & Vestrymen of Christ Church & the Rector of Christ Church. (Marker Number F-445.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1827.
Location. 30° 25.001′ N, 87° 13.002′ W. Marker is in Pensacola, Florida, in Escambia County. Marker is at the intersection of West Wright Street and North Palafox Street, on the right when traveling west on West Wright Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 18 West Wright Street, Pensacola FL 32501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General Bernardo de Gálvez and the "Siege of Pensacola" (within shouting distance of this marker); Boysen-Perry House (within shouting distance of this marker); First Methodist Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle of Pensacola (about 700 feet away); Morrison Family Homestead (about 700 feet away); Fort George (about 800 feet away); Chase Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Fort George (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pensacola.
Christ Episcopal Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, March 10, 2014
2. Christ Episcopal Church
Credits. This page was last revised on October 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 12, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 584 times since then and 113 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 12, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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