April 12, 2014, Tony and I was walking around Chattanooga TN and we found a great church with tons of Historical Value. The St Paul's Episcopal Church is gorgeous. The building is massive. I tried to go inside but I couldn't find an unlocked door, which I thought was strange. I thought Churches were never locked? what's up with that? old wives tale? who knows, but this church was locked.
History of the church
St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is a downtown congregation of the Episcopal Church. It is one of the largest congregations in the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee. The congregation first assembled in 1852, when local Episcopalians held worship services on the second floor of a general merchandise store at 4th and Market Streets. The parish was organized the following year in a meeting of ten families.
The parish's first church building was at the corner of 8th and Chestnut. During the American Civil War, it was used as a military hospital and received serious damage. The building was repaired and returned to use in 1867 after the congregation received $3640 from the federal government as compensation for the damages. In 1880, the parish sold the property at 8th and Chestnut and acquired the property at 7th and Pine as the site for a new church.
The church's current building was built in 1881 or 1886 and opened for worship in 1888. It was designed by New York City architect William Halsey Wood. Its design, which features a prominent bell tower, was modeled after a "typical English village church".The sanctuary has a high wooden ceiling and side galleries; it can seat about 450 people.The bell tower holds 11 bells that were cast by the McShane factory in Baltimore and dedicated in 1911. Architectural historian Ron Ramsay has described the church exterior as having Georgian elements, while the interior is "much more Gothic and much more Victorian".Wood used a similar design for churches in Kansas City and in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978
Address: 7th and Pine Sts., Chattanooga, Tennessee
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