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St. Joseph Catholic Church

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1876, Theodore E. Giraud; 1898 spire, James Wahrenberger; 1981 restoration, Ford, Powell and Carson. 623 E. Commerce St.

This limestone Gothic Revival church was constructed for San Antonio's large German Catholic congregation after they failed to acquire the Alamo Mission Church, which the U.S. Army was using as a warehouse. The spire, added in 1898, significantly enhances the Gothic Revival character of the structure. The interior features octagonal wooden columns and a tripartite altar. At the turn of the twentieth century, ornamental stained glass windows were installed by an unknown craftsman. Next to the church, the compact two-story Italianate rectory neatly fits onto the small site.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "St. Joseph Catholic Church", [San Antonio, 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, 149-149.

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