“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)

Annunciation Church

Annunciation Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, December 30, 2012
1. Annunciation Church Marker
Inscription. Second Catholic church in Houston; outgrowth of St. Vincentís parish, established in 1839. Although founding pastor planned edifice (1867-1874) in style worthy of a cathedral, it never gained that status. Standing near business center, this was church of early leaders of Houston and has ministered to the great of Texas and to thousands of visitors. The cornerstone was laid April 25, 1869, by dignitaries who marched to this site from old St. Vincentís (8 blks. NE).

Memorial windows, frescoes, and other treasures of art have been added by parishioners. Great coastal hurricane of 1900 wrecked the 196-foot steeple, but it was restored. Penitential spirit was assured by having no heat in the church prior to 1914; no air-conditioning until the late 1930ís. Known as mother church of more than 50 parishes, Annunciation in a century has had 5 pastors: the Very Rev. Joseph Querat (1867-1878); the Very Rev. Thomas Hennessy (1879-1913); the Rt. Rev. Msgr. George Walsh (1934-1943); the Very Rev. Thomas Hogan (1934-1943); the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Anton J. Frank (since 1943) an ordinant of this church.

One of great occasions in this edifice was 1953 installation of 37 knights and ladies of the Holy Sepulcher by James Francis Cardinal McIntyre.
Erected 1969 by State Historical Survey Committee
Annunciation Church image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans
2. Annunciation Church
Location. 29° 45.396′ N, 95° 21.445′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is at the intersection of Crawford Street and Texas Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Crawford Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1618 Texas Avenue, Houston TX 77002, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Annunciation Church (here, next to this marker); Daughters of the Republic of Texas (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Old Houston Academy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Home of President Sam Houston (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of General Sam Houston House (approx. ľ mile away); Thomas William House, Jr. (approx. ľ mile away); Christ Church Cathedral (approx. 0.3 miles away); Founding of Harris County (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
Categories. Churches & Religion
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 5, 2013, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 302 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 5, 2013, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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