St. Peter's Catholic Church (Charlotte, North Carolina)

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Saint Peter’s Catholic Church
Basic information
Location Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Affiliation Roman Catholic Church
District Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte
Status Active
Leadership Bishop Peter Joseph Jugis[1]
Website Official website
Architect(s) Charles A. Hastings
Architectural style Gothic Revival architecture
Materials brick, stone

St. Peter's Catholic Church is a Roman Catholic church at 507 South Tryon Street in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was established in 1851 and is the oldest Catholic church in Charlotte. Until 1940 it was the only Catholic church in the city. Originally St. Peter's was at the extreme southern limits of the city, but today it stands in the heart of uptown, across from major art museums and next to The Green. It is most likely the oldest surviving edifice on Tryon Street.[2]

The original structure stood from 1851 until 1892. The building was damaged during the civil war and in 1892 was deemed structurally unsafe. The present structure, in a simplified Victorian Gothic style rendered in dark brick, dates from 1893.[3]

As the city grew and new parishes were established in the suburbs, St. Peter's lost so many members that it ceased being a formal parish in 1970, and did not regain full parish status until 1986. Since that time, in cooperation with other churches in Charlotte, particularly their sister church, St. Peter’s Episcopal, they have been working to help the poor and unfortunate of Charlotte through low-cost housing, help for AIDS victims, and outreach to the homeless. Since 1986, St. Peter's has been staffed by the Jesuits.[3]

A prominent feature of the church interior is a triptych by American painter Ben Long, a three-part fresco depicting Christ’s Agony in the Garden, Resurrection, and Pentecost. The fresco was severely damaged in February 2002 and cannot be fully restored.[4]

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Coordinates: 35°13′27″N 80°50′51″W / 35.2241°N 80.8476°W / 35.2241; -80.8476