Annunciation Church - Houston, Texas
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member JimmyEv
N 29° 45.399 W 095° 21.442
15R E 272051 N 3294148
Quick Description: The Romanesque Annunication Church, built in 1869, was remodeled by Galveston architect Nicholas Clayton in 1884. The church replaced the first parish in Houston, St. Vincent's, giving rise to a number of parishes and the University of St. Thomas.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 7/5/2007 3:16:58 PM
Waymark Code: WM1T7B
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 189

Long Description:

The plans for this Romanesque church were drawn in France, and executed here in 1869. Brick from the old Harris County Courthouse, demolished in 1866, was used in the building of the church. The church was remodeled and enlarged in 1884, on designs by Nicholas Clayton, architect of St. Mary’s Cathedral and Grace Episcopal in Galveston and St. Mary’s Cathedral in Austin. Clayton added the central western tower, rising to a height of 175 feet. The tower was blown down during the Great Storm of 1900, but was quickly reconstructed.

The church has a Basilican plan – a long central nave terminates in an aspe. Corinthian capitals line the nave. The main altar is semicircular, with a frescoed ceiling of Christ’s ascension into heaven.

Founded by the St. Vincent de Pauls in 1842, St. Vincent's was Houston’s first Catholic parish. Annunciation Church replaced St. Vincent's, becoming the mother church of Houston’s Catholic parishes. The parishes of St. Patrick’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Nicholas, Sacred Heart, All Saint’s and Blessed Sacrament, as well as St. Thomas University, all sprung from Annunication. The church was also the first Catholic church in Texas to be served by a black priest, Father Dorsey, and opened Houston’s first medical clinic for the poor, known as the ‘Mexican Clinic.’

Street address:
1618 Texas Avenue
Houston, Texas USA
77002


County / Borough / Parish: Harris County

Year listed: 1975

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering

Periods of significance: 1875-1899

Historic function: Church

Current function: Church

Privately owned?: no

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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