St. Alphonsus Church, New Orleans

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St. Alphonsus Church
St. Alphonsus Church, New Orleans is located in Louisiana
St. Alphonsus Church, New Orleans
St. Alphonsus Church, New Orleans is located in the US
St. Alphonsus Church, New Orleans
Location2029 Constance St., New Orleans, Louisiana
Coordinates29°55′50″N 90°4′25″W / 29.93056°N 90.07361°W / 29.93056; -90.07361Coordinates: 29°55′50″N 90°4′25″W / 29.93056°N 90.07361°W / 29.93056; -90.07361
Arealess than one acre
ArchitectLouis L. Long
Architectural styleItalianate and Renaissance Revival, Late Victorian
NRHP reference #73000872
Significant dates
Added to NRHPMay 22, 1973[1]
Designated NHLJune 19, 1996[2]

St. Alphonsus Church (French: Église Saint-Alphonse) is a historic former church building at 2029 Constance Street in New Orleans, Louisiana. Completed in 1857, it is one of the few surviving national examples of a richly multi-colored church interior predating the 1870s, and a high quality example of ecclesiastical Italianate architecture. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1996 for its architectural significance.[2][3] It is now home to the St. Alphonsus Art and Cultural Center.

Description and history[edit]

The former St. Alphonsus Church is located in New Orleans' Lower Garden District neighborhood, on the north side of Constance Street, between St. Andrew and Josephine Streets. It has a complex and richly-decorated symmetrical façade, with a central entrance area flanked by two square towers topped by crosses. The façade is ornamented with pilasters, corbelled brick panels, and niches in which statues are mounted. The interior is also richly ornamented and has a coved plaster ceiling which have been painted with artwork by Dominique Canova. Its stained glass windows are Bavarian in origin, coming from F. X. Zettler. The floors are covered in mosaic tile.[3]

Completed in 1857, St. Alphonsus served as a Roman Catholic church for the Irish Catholic community of the Lower Garden District section of the city. (Other churches nearby served the Francophone and Germanic Catholic communities, including St. Mary's Assumption Church, the church built across the street for the German Catholic community). After church parishes were merged, St. Alphonsus was closed in 1979. In the 1980s it was taken over by a local community group and now serves a community center.

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b "St. Alphonsus Church". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Archived from the original on 2011-03-08. Retrieved 2008-01-29.
  3. ^ a b Jesse Poesch, Charles Tonnetti and Carolyn Pitts (May 12, 1995), National Historic Landmark Nomination: St. Alphonsus Church / St. Alphonsus Art & Cultural Center (pdf), National Park Service and Accompanying 16 photos, exterior and interior, from 1931, 1965, 1966, 1992, 1993 and undated. (4.66 MB)