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St. James Catholic Church

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1939, Augustin Babin. 3503 Gulfway Dr.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

Designed by Babin, a Beaumont architect, St. James is yet another indication of how high architectural standards were in Port Arthur for much of the twentieth century. The church is an octagon in plan, faced with a pedimented entrance pavilion and austere, unframed, arched windows. Classical detail is executed in cast stone. A square tower rises to one side of the church. Its cupola-topped summit is echoed in the detailing of the lantern at the apex of the church's conical copper roof.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "St. James Catholic Church", [Port Arthur, 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, 382-382.

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