St. Matthew's Episcopal Church (National City, California)
St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
|Location||521 E. 8th St., National City, California|
|Area||0.4 acres (0.16 ha)|
|Architectural style||Gothic Revival|
|NRHP reference #||73000432|
|Added to NRHP||October 25, 1973|
St. Matthew's Episcopal Church is a historic church at 521 E. 8th Street in National City, California. It was built in 1887. It is still an active church within the Episcopal communion and is part of the Diocese of San Diego.
It was designed by Chula Vista architect William Herman based on an initial design by Chula Vista resident "Mr. Crocker," who was inspired by a picture of a small church in the south of England. It was built in the Gothic Revival style with Tudor influences. The tall steeple was a landmark which could be seen for miles.
An Episcopal Society for National City was formed on January 30, 1882; the secretary was Frank Kimball, founder of National City. On May 13, 1882, the society became St. Matthew's Parish Episcopal Church. It met in homes, and later in the Grange Hall, with worship led by priests from San Diego. Elizur Steele donated the land for the church, and Kimball and his brother donated a piece of property which was sold and the proceeds used to construct the building. The first worship service in the church was held on July 3, 1887, and services have been held regularly ever since. The church was consecrated on October 24, 1890.
The church was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
- National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Carnes, Marilyn; Nye, Matthew (2008). Early National City. Arcadia Publishing. p. 78. ISBN 978-0-7385-5910-0.
- "Inventory-Nomination Form". National Register of Historic Places. October 25, 1973. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
- "St. Matthew's Episcopal Church". LandmarkHunter.com. Retrieved 5 February 2013.