St. Martin of Tours Episcopal Church

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St. Martin of Tours Episcopal Church
St. Martin of Tours (Omaha) from SW 2.JPG
View from the southwest, across 24th Street
St. Martin of Tours Episcopal Church is located in Nebraska
St. Martin of Tours Episcopal Church
Location 2312 J St., Omaha, Nebraska
Coordinates 41°12′53.75″N 95°56′47.9″W / 41.2149306°N 95.946639°W / 41.2149306; -95.946639Coordinates: 41°12′53.75″N 95°56′47.9″W / 41.2149306°N 95.946639°W / 41.2149306; -95.946639
Built 1899[2]
Architectural style Late Gothic Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 82000608[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 21, 1982
Designated OMAL March 16, 1982[2]

St. Martin of Tours Episcopal Church is a historic stone Episcopal church building located at 2312 J Street in the South Omaha district of Omaha, Nebraska. Built in 1899 in the Late Gothic Revival style, it was designated an Omaha Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.[3] It was the first Episcopal church established in South Omaha when the town was being developed. It is the only surviving Episcopal church in this community, which was settled chiefly by Catholic immigrants.[4]

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The Very Reverend Frank Millspaugh, dean of Trinity Cathedral, founded St. Martin in 1876. Millspaugh and his successor George Worthington founded most of the Episcopal churches in Omaha. St. Martin was the first Episcopal church built when the former independent town of South Omaha was new.[4]

The church's architecture was influenced by the Oxford Movement, which revived elements of historical Christian church styles and worship of the Middle Ages. The limestone for the church was salvaged from the remains of the Ralston mansion of Dr. George L. Miller, which burned down in the late 1880s.[5]

As South Omaha developed rapidly, attracting many waves of immigrants from Eastern and Southern Europe, the Episcopal church established new missions in the area. But, most of the immigrants were Catholic and established their own churches to continue their traditions. St. Martin of Tours is the only Episcopal church remaining in this area of Omaha.[4] to

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ a b "Omaha Landmarks". Omaha Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  3. ^ "St. Martin of Tours", Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission. Retrieved 12/6/08.
  4. ^ a b c "More Nebraska National Register Sites in Douglas County". Nebraska State Historical Society. Retrieved 12/6/08.
  5. ^ Gerber, K. and Spencer, J.S. (2003) Building for the Ages: Omaha's architectural landmarks. Landmarks, Inc. p 81.

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