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1903, P. H. Weathers; 1930 renovated, A. Hays Town. 305 E. Capitol St.

Among the state’s most important examples of twentieth-century Gothic Revival is this cruciform church. Founded in 1839, St. Andrew’s was a parish church until designated the cathedral for the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi in 1966. P. H. Weathers (1870–1940), a native of Alabama, moved to Jackson in 1901 from Memphis and, after completing several prominent projects, left the state around 1906 for Oklahoma.

The massive building of local brown brick conveys a solidity that contrasts with the verticality of Weathers’s earlier Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle (JM24). A large rose window fills the front gable above an arcaded porch flanked by two asymmetrical corner towers, the short one crenellated and the tall one with pinnacles. Inside, the nave and side aisles are divided by pointed-arched arcades on slender columns. The stained glass windows are from the Willett Studio of Philadelphia, the Jacoby Studio of St. Louis, and the Payne Studio of Paterson, New Jersey. Interior renovations after a 1930 fire, overseen by A. Hays Town, simplified the elaborate woodwork in the ceiling.

Later buildings here continue the Gothic styling, including the Parish House (1924, E. J. Hull), the Sunday School, (1955, Biggs, Weir and Chandler), and the two-story Keller Hall (1989, Eley Associates) on Capitol Street.

Writing Credits

Jennifer V.O. Baughn and Michael W. Fazio with Mary Warren Miller


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Jennifer V.O. Baughn and Michael W. Fazio with Mary Warren Miller, "ST. ANDREW’S EPISCOPAL CATHEDRAL", [Jackson, Mississippi], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Mississippi, Jennifer V. O. Baughn and Michael W. Fazio. With Mary Warren Miller. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2021, 243-244.

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