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1898–1900 church, P. H. Weathers; 1995 parish hall, Robert Parker Adams. 203 N. West St.

The third building for Jackson’s oldest Catholic congregation, this imposing Gothic Revival brick church was the first Mississippi project for Weathers and the largest to that time for contractor William J. McGee (c. 1854–1943), a member of the congregation. The symmetrical facade is dominated by a central entrance tower that rises through two stages to an octagonal spire flanked by pinnacles. In 1959, the stained glass window over the entrance was replaced with a glass mosaic, Christ the Good Shepherd, designed by Emil Frei of St. Louis and executed by the Orsoni Workshop of Venice. A parish hall addition is at the rear.

The church is part of a complex that for the first half of the twentieth century included a convent and school. Across Amite Street is the Colonial Revival rectory (1921, Theodore C. Link). Behind it, the three-story red brick Diocesan Chancery Office (1947–1948, James T. Canizaro) marks the transfer of the seat of the diocese from Natchez to Jackson in 1948. The chancery’s Georgian Revival styling is unusual for Canizaro, who is best known for modernist designs.

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, "CATHEDRAL OF ST. PETER THE APOSTLE", [Memphis, 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, 245-246.

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