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Christ Church Episcopal

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1870; 1891 tower. 201 S. Ayish St.

The first Episcopalian services in San Augustine were held in 1848 at the instigation of Francis Cox Henderson, wife of the first governor of the State of Texas, J. P. Henderson. After the congregation worshipped in the Methodist church and the Masonic Lodge, a Gothic Revival brick church was built in 1851; it was destroyed in a storm in 1859 and replaced in 1870. George Crocket donated land, and Stephen W. Blount contributed lumber and shingles. Salvaged from the old church are the rails, pews, and altar. The tall, rectangular nave is clad in vertical board-and-batten siding, and exposed rafter tails are trimmed with circular shapes. A pointed-arched louver over the entrance was the only Gothic styling at first. The square bell tower, added in 1891, is more exuberantly Gothic, with pointed arches at its entrance doors and paired windows, and a small spire. Interior light fixtures were reconstructed in 1991 from earlier kerosene lamps.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Christ Church Episcopal", [San Augustine, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019, 56-56.

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