Saint Paul in Ramsey County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Church of Saint Louis, King of France
"Blessed be the Lord, for He has wondrously shown His steadfast love to me when I was beset as in a besieged city." Psalm 31:21
Here in the center of the clamorous city, providing an oasis of solace, silence, mystery and artistry, is the Church of St. Louis, King of France. The first and favorite parish church commission of architect Emmanuel Louis Masqueray, it is affectionately known as "The Little French Church."
Established by French Catholics from the Dominion of Canada, the first building, on the northeast corner of Tenth and Cedar Streets, was dedicated by Bishop Thomas Langdon Grace, O.P. on December 29, 1868. In 1881, a larger edifice was purchased from the Universalist congregation at Exchange and Wabasha Streets, presently the site of the World Theater. In 1886, Archbishop John Ireland entrusted to the Society of Mary (Marists) the pastoral care of the Church of St. Louis and of the school, Ecole Saint Louis, where the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet taught from 1873 until its closing in 1962.
The third and present structure was dedicated by Archbishop Ireland on December 19, 1909. In liturgy,
This plaque is erected on the One Hundred and Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of the congregation of the Church of Saint Louis, King of France, 1868-1993.
Erected 1993 by Church of Saint Louis, King of France Parishioners.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Education. In addition, it is included in the Unitarian Universalism (UUism) ⛪ series list. A significant historical date for this entry is December 29, 1868.
Location. 44° 57.007′ N, 93° 5.81′ W. Marker is in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in Ramsey County. Marker is at the intersection of Cedar Street and 10th Street, on the left when traveling south on Cedar Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 506 Cedar Street, Saint Paul MN 55101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Central Presbyterian Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Minnesota's First Synagogue (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hamm's Bear (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hubert H. HumphreyCharles A. Lindbergh (approx. 0.4 miles away); "Spiral for Justice" Roy Wilkins Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Rice Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Market Street Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Saint Paul.
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Also see . . . Church of Saint Louis, King of France. (Submitted on December 2, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 2, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 365 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 2, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.