“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Houston in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, April 18, 2018
1. Christ Church Cathedral Marker
Inscription. The second Episcopal parish in the Republic of Texas. Led by a missionary of the Episcopal Church in the United States, the Rev. R.M. Chapman, and by an early Houstonian, Col. William Fairfax Gray, thirty-nine men came together on March 16, 1839, to organize an Episcopal Church, and on Easter Monday, April 1, 1839, Christ Church was officially established. Some of the first services were held in the Capitol of the Republic, then at the corner of Main Street and Texas Avenue.

In 1844 a wooden building on this site served as a church. In 1846 it was supplanted by a brick structure. In 1859 a second brick church was begun, then enlarged in 1876. Present building was erected in 1893, its altar area rebuilt after a fire in 1938. The original cornerstone may be seen inside the church.

Founded under the Rt. Rev. Leonidas Polk, missionary bishop, and often visited by his successor, the Rt. Rev. George Washington Freeman, the parish was guided and nurtured by the Rt. Rev. Alexander Gregg, first bishop of the Diocese of Texas, and by the Rt. Rev. George Herbert Kinsolving, second bishop. It became in 1949 the Cathedral of the Diocese under the Rt. Rev. Clinton S. Quin, third bishop.
Erected 1972 by Texas State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 10631.)

Christ Church Cathedral image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, April 18, 2018
2. Christ Church Cathedral
29° 45.568′ N, 95° 21.683′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is on Texas Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located on the ground to the right of the main entrance to the cathedral. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1117 Texas Ave, Houston TX 77002, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of the Organization of Lady Washington Chapter, NSDAR (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Capitol of the Republic of Texas (about 600 feet away); First White House of the Republic of Texas (about 700 feet away); Houston Bar Association (about 700 feet away); Site of Home of President Sam Houston (about 800 feet away); Thomas William House, Jr. (about 800 feet away); Site of General Sam Houston House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Harris County 1910 Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
Categories. Churches & Religion
Christ Church and Rectory, Houston, Texas image. Click for full size.
circa 1920
3. Christ Church and Rectory, Houston, Texas
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