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Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Saint Davidís Episcopal Church

 
 
Saint Davidís Episcopal Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, November 18, 2007
1. Saint Davidís Episcopal Church Marker
Inscription. Located in pioneer Austin at the edge of town on a site never used for a secular building. At first called “Church of the Epiphany.” Cornerstone laid on April 7, 1853, with impressive ceremonies for the capital cityís first stone church. Built of native limestone, its architecture blended Spanish Mission with traditional Gothic elements.

Founders included officials from government of the late Republic of Texas. Rector was the Reverend Edward Fontaine, great-grandson of Patrick Henry and Secretary in 1841 to President Mirabeau Lamar.

Renamed Saint Davidís in 1859. Home church of the first Bishop of the Diocese of Texas, the Right Reverend Alexander Gregg.

Although 19th and 20th century additions to the early building have changed it greatly, its sturdy frontier aspect has been preserved. The bell still in use was cast in Philadelphia in 1853. The stained glass windows are mainly of the Victorian period.

Churchís first organist, the novelist Amelia Barr, said that “it stood at the gate of the city like a visible prayer.” As an example of historic stability it stands today in the heart of the city.
 
Erected 1966 by the Texas Historic Survey Committee. (Marker Number 14196.)
 
Location.
Saint Davidís Episcopal Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, November 18, 2007
2. Saint Davidís Episcopal Church Marker
The marker is at the far right corner in this view, behind a street sign.
30° 16.099′ N, 97° 44.383′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker is on East 7th Street just east of San Jacinto Boulevard, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 304 E 7th St, Austin TX 78701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Platt-Simpson Building (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Central Presbyterian Church (about 500 feet away); Driskill Hotel (about 500 feet away); J. L. Buaas Building (about 600 feet away); Site of John Bremond & Company (about 600 feet away); Sixth Street (about 600 feet away); Stephen F. Austin Hotel (about 800 feet away); Littlefield Building (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
 
Also see . . .  St. David's Episcopal Church. (Submitted on January 16, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.)
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Notable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 6, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 16, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 555 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 16, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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