Christ Church Cathedral (St. Louis, Missouri)

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Christ Church Cathedral
Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral, St Louis NRHP 90000345.jpg
Christ Church Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral (St. Louis, Missouri) is located in Missouri
Christ Church Cathedral (St. Louis, Missouri)
Location 1210 Locust Street
St. Louis, Missouri
Coordinates 38°37′49″N 90°11′55″W / 38.63028°N 90.19861°W / 38.63028; -90.19861Coordinates: 38°37′49″N 90°11′55″W / 38.63028°N 90.19861°W / 38.63028; -90.19861
Built 1859
Architect Leopold Eidlitz; Legg,Jerome B.
Architectural style Late Gothic Revival, Greek Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 90000345
Significant dates
Added to NRHP March 7, 1990[1]
Designated NHL October 12, 1994[2]

Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis, Missouri was designed by architect Leopold Eidlitz and built between 1859 and 1867. The Gothic revival structure was an expression of the city's sense of its significance as the United States expanded westwards. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1994.[2]

History and description[edit]

Located in what is now downtown at Thirteenth and Locust streets, the cathedral was built between 1859 and 1867 in the Gothic Revival style, and designed by Leopold Eidlitz. It was one of the earliest churches influenced by the revival within the Episcopal Church of early Christian practices and styles, which later was influenced by the Oxford Movement originating in England.

The main body of the church was built of Illinois sandstone. A smaller sandstone chapel dates to 1893-95. From 1910-1912, a tower and porch were added of Indiana limestone.[3]

Montana silver magnate Charles D. McLure, a St. Louis native, was revealed to be the anonymous donor of $50,000 toward constructing the cathedral (approximately $6.5 million today).[4]


  1. ^ Staff (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "Christ Church Cathedral". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-05-25. 
  3. ^ Hamilton, Esley, Mrs.; Pitts, Carolyn (March 1989). "National Historic Landmark Nomination" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  4. ^ An Ambassador of Christ: William Schuyler

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