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St. Martin's Episcopal Church

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2004, Jackson and Ryan. 717 Sage Rd.

There is something hallucinatory about the tall, staged red brick towers and spires of St. Martin's Church as they rise in tandem above an expansive suburban parking lot adjacent to Tanglewood. Guy Jackson and Jeffrey D. Ryan evoke not so much the Middle Ages as they do the twin-towered brick churches built in the working-class, immigrant, Catholic parishes of American industrial cities around the turn of the twentieth century. As the model for a wealthy, conservative, suburban Episcopal parish seeking reassuring images of tradition, this working-class take on history is unexpected. Terry Byrd Eason of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, designed St. Martin's neo-traditional interior wood fittings and furnishings.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "St. Martin's Episcopal Church", [Houston, 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, 359-359.

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