Christ Church Cathedral (Houston)

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Christ Church
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Christ Church Cathedral at night
Location 1117 Texas Ave
Houston, Texas
Coordinates 29°45′35″N 95°21′40″W / 29.7596°N 95.3612°W / 29.7596; -95.3612Coordinates: 29°45′35″N 95°21′40″W / 29.7596°N 95.3612°W / 29.7596; -95.3612
Architect Silas McBee
Architectural style Late Gothic Revival
NRHP Reference # 79002957
Added to NRHP June 15, 1979

Christ Church Cathedral, Houston is the cathedral church for the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. The congregation was established in 1839, when Texas was still an independent republic. It is the oldest extant congregation in Houston and one of the oldest non-Roman Catholic churches in Texas. Many Episcopal churches in Houston and the surrounding area were founded as missions of Christ Church, such as Trinity Church, Houston, founded in 1893.

Located at 1117 Texas Avenue in Downtown Houston, the current building dates from 1893. In 1938 the building suffered a major fire. One heroic firefighter diligently sprayed down the ornately carved rood screen to prevent its destruction. The rood screen survived with only minor damage.

Christ Church became the cathedral of the diocese in 1949. Presently, Christ Church has a baptized membership of 3700 communicants.

The current dean is the Very Reverend Barkley S. Thompson.

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