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St. Michael and All Angels Church

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1956, Vernon Helmke. 218 Pittsburg St.

A fine example of mid-twentieth-century, Hill Country vernacular architecture, the church and the grounds employ local limestone and traditional building forms that settle unobtrusively into this residential neighborhood. The wooden gable-fronted facade, detailed with battered limestone columns, sits on top of rusticated limestone side walls. On the interior, the exposed stone walls and wooden framing of the nave continue the expressiveness of the local materials. The landscaping complements the site and includes cacti and live oak trees and a more contemporary labyrinth constructed of limestone and crushed Texas granite.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "St. Michael and All Angels Church", [Blanco, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 102-103.

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