St. Peter's Catholic Church (Charlotte, North Carolina)

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St. Peter's Catholic Church
Saint Peter Catholic Church (Charlottle, North Carolina) - view from across S. Tryon Street.JPG
Saint Peter Catholic Church (Charlotte, North Carolina)
Location 507 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, North Carolina
Country United States
Denomination Roman Catholic
Website St. Peter's website
History
Founded 1851
Architecture
Architect(s) Charles A. Hastings
Architectural type Gothic Revival architecture
Completed 1893
Administration
Parish St. Peter's
Diocese Charlotte
Province Atlanta
Clergy
Bishop(s) Most Rev. Peter Joseph Jugis
Vicar(s) Rev. John Michalowski, S.J.
Pastor(s) Rev. James Shea, S.J.
Deacon(s) Jim Bozik
Laity
Organist(s) Bill Rainey

St. Peter's Catholic Church is a Roman Catholic church at 507 South Tryon Street in Charlotte, North Carolina. Established in 1851, it is the oldest Catholic church in Charlotte, and until 1940 was the only Catholic church in the city. St. Peter's was originally at the extreme southern limits of the city, but today it stands in the heart of uptown, across from major art museums and next to The Green. It is most likely the oldest surviving edifice on Tryon Street.[1]

The original structure stood from 1851 until 1892. The building was damaged during the civil war and in 1892 was deemed structurally unsafe. The present structure, in a simplified Victorian Gothic style rendered in dark brick, dates from 1893.[2]

As the city grew and new parishes were established in the suburbs, St. Peter's lost so many members that it ceased being a formal parish in 1970, and did not regain full parish status until 1986. Since that time, in cooperation with other churches in Charlotte, particularly their sister church, St. Peter’s Episcopal, they have been working to help the poor and unfortunate of Charlotte through low-cost housing, help for AIDS victims, and outreach to the homeless. Since 1986, St. Peter's has been staffed by the Jesuits.[2]

A prominent feature of the church interior was a triptych by American painter Ben Long, a three-part fresco depicting Christ’s Agony in the Garden, Resurrection, and Pentecost. The fresco was severely damaged in February 2002 and cannot be fully restored.[3]

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Coordinates: 35°13′27″N 80°50′51″W / 35.2241°N 80.8476°W / 35.2241; -80.8476