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"St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Louisville KY"
with entrance to St James Court at 4th and Magnolia
ca 1905-10

The congregation of St. Paul's Episcopal Church moved to this location 
at 4th and Magnolia in 1894 when it's original building downtown 
(from the 1830s) burned.  St. Paul's was the 2nd oldest Episcopal 
congregation in the city, after Christ Church Cathedral.  The congregation 
moved again in 1955.  The church is now the West End Baptist Church, 
a mostly African-American congregation that had been working closely 
with St. Paul's congregation.

This picture shows the well known lions that once guarded the entrance to 
St. James Court. 

The note written on the back of this card details some of the church history:

"Is not this fine?  One of our oldest Episcopal churches.  The old one 
burnt and the stone walls were left.  So the Masons bought it and built 
it over for a Masonic Temple. 
"Can you not please me a Lutheran Church from your city?  I'm a Lutheran 
& want one from everywhere."

(unsigned, sent to Mrs. Reeves in Denver CO,  postmark date not legible)

 

 

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     Central Park  
     The Confederate Monument  
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     City Hall
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