The wooden structure that first housed the St. Paul's congregation
The Gothic Revival church designed by Richard M. Upjohn, which still stands today.
vintage photos courtesy of St. Paul's Church
Just ten years later, the growing congregation had outgrown this first structure and "inspired ideas of a more noble and permanent church were beginning to rise in the hearts and minds of its congregants."
Parishioner Richard M. Upjohn, an influential American architect and co-founder and president of the American Institute of Architects, volunteered his free services to design a new Gothic Revival structure. In 1869, "a mere twenty years since its founding", the congregation was able to raise enough money to lay the cornerstone for the structure that stands at the corner of Clinton Street and Carroll Street today.
In the 1980s, the aging church structure was in desperate need of costly structural repairs. A major fire in 1987 damaged the roof, stained glass windows and much of the interior of the building. The congregation vowed to save the church and started a fundraising campaign to cover the cost of an ambitious renovation, which ultimately saved the structure.
St. Paul's Church was placed on the National Registry of Historical Places in 1991.
The video highlights beautiful old photos of the church and features recollections by life-long parishioners.
I am sure you will enjoy this glimpse into the past of St. Paul's and the neighborhood's history.