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Grace Episcopal Church

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1949, Henry Steinbomer. 205 E. Austin St.

The hurricane in 1945 that destroyed Ansgar Evangelisk Lutherske Church in Danevang ( WD38) also destroyed Grace Episcopal Church. San Antonio architect Steinbomer produced a graceful Spanish Mediterranean church and parish hall that frame a central patio garden. The S. Guadalupe Street elevation of the church's low nave displays Steinbomer's skill in shaping stout, battered, stucco-faced piers that buttress the nave walls. The buttresses have so much sculptural authority that they minimize Steinbomer's use of paired sash windows to light the nave. An austere side entrance on S. Guadalupe Street frames a view back toward the single-arched bell cote rising above the nave entrance. Alas, the entire E. Austin Street front of the parish complex was effaced by a crude arched passageway, inserted to link the church and parish hall.

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Gerald Moorhead et al.
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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Grace Episcopal Church", [Port Lavaca, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/TX-01-BE33.

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