Annunciation Church (Houston)

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Annunciation Church
Annunciation Church -- Downtown Houston.jpg
The church in 2013
Annunciation Church (Houston) is located in Houston Downtown
Annunciation Church (Houston)
Annunciation Church (Houston) is located in Texas
Annunciation Church (Houston)
Annunciation Church (Houston) is located in the United States
Annunciation Church (Houston)
Location1618 Texas Ave., Houston, Texas
Coordinates29°45′23″N 95°21′25″W / 29.75639°N 95.35694°W / 29.75639; -95.35694Coordinates: 29°45′23″N 95°21′25″W / 29.75639°N 95.35694°W / 29.75639; -95.35694
Area0.5 acres (0.20 ha)
ArchitectClayton, Nicholas
Architectural styleRomanesque
NRHP reference No.75001988[1]
RTHL No.10596
Significant dates
Added to NRHPNovember 03, 1975
Designated RTHL1969

The Annunciation Church is a Catholic church located at the corner of Texas Avenue and Crawford Street in Downtown Houston, Texas.


Annunciation Church sprung from the congregation at St. Vincent's, Houston's first Catholic church. In 1866, Father Joseph Querat and Galveston Bishop Claude M. Debuis believed the congregation was outgrowing the old building and started planning for a new one. The congregation chose the name for the planned building, "Church of the Annunciation." The original architect is unknown, but was dedicated on September 10, 1871. Nicholas Clayton altered the building, adding the bell tower twin towers in 1884.[2]

The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1]

The church remains Houston's oldest existing church and, as such, the property was eventually faced with a foundation problem. A large void had developed underneath the church's southwest corner and, symptomatically, the foundation subsided. Through a polymer injection process work at Annunciation Catholic Church was completed in two days with minimal disruption to mass and parishioners.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ Sister Mary Brendan O'Donnell, "CHURCH OF THE ANNUNCIATION, HOUSTON," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 11, 2014. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
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