St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church (Columbia, South Carolina)

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St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church
St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in 2009
Basic information
Location 1529 Assembly St.
Columbia, South Carolina, United States of America
Affiliation Roman Catholic
District Diocese of Charleston
Country United States of America
Architectural description
Architect(s) Frank Pierce Milburn
Architectural style Gothic Revival
Completed 1908
Construction cost $60,500
Length 131 ft (40 m)
Width 79 ft (24.1 m)
Width (nave) 64 ft (19.5 m)
Spire(s) One
Spire height 163 ft (49.7 m)
Materials Dark red brick with Bedford stone and terra cotta trim
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
Added to NRHP September 28, 1989
NRHP Reference no. 89001610[1]
An east view of the church

St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church is located at 1529 Assembly St. in Columbia, South Carolina.[2][3] This is the second building of the oldest Catholic parish in Columbia and the Midlands of South Carolina.

The St. Peter's Church was listed the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.[1]

The first resident Catholic priest came to Columbia in 1820. St. Peter's first church, designed by the South Carolina architect Robert Mills, was completed in 1824. This church was demolished in the early 1900s to build the new sanctuary.

The new church was designed by Frank Pierce Milburn, a Southern architect. The planning and fundraising was done largely by Father Thomas J. Hegarty. Construction started in 1906 and was completed in 1908. The dedication was in January 1909.

The Gothic Revival church was built with dark red brick with Bedford limestone and dull glazed terra cotta trim. The roof was Buckingham Slate. The spire is topped with a cross and is 163 ft (49.7 m) above grade.

The church has a cruciform plan with a high nave. It is 131 ft (40 m) long and 79 ft (24.1 m) wide. The nave is 64 ft (19.5 m) long and 51 ft (15.6 m) tall. The 3,500 lb (1,591 kg), 55 in (1.4 m) diameter bell was cast in 1911 by McShane Bell Foundry in Baltimore, Maryland.

The church graveyard is to the rear of the church.


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Boudreux, John A.; Sue Hagood; Catherine R. Saleeby (April 19, 1989). "Saint Peter's Roman Catholic Church" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Saint Peter's Roman Catholic Church, Richland County (1529 Assembly St., Columbia)". National Register Properties in South Carolina. South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 

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Coordinates: 34°0′20″N 81°2′16″W / 34.00556°N 81.03778°W / 34.00556; -81.03778