Christ Church Cathedral is home to the oldest
Episcopal congregation west of the Mississippi River and the seat of the
Episcopal Diocese of Missouri. The congregation was founded in 1819. The
congregation worshipped in two other buildings until the Christ Church
Cathedral was completed in 1867. The architect for the cathedral was Leopold
Eidlitz of New York, who also was the architect of St. George’s Church in
New York. The building is an example of fourteenth century English gothic
and is cruciform in design. For nearly 40 years the building lacked a
narthex and bell tower. It still lacks the intended flying buttresses from
the clerestory (a church’s upper story) down to the outside top of the
side aisles and the nave vaulting. The Cathedral’s interior was partially
lined with Gustavino tile in 1929. The total cost of building the Cathedral
itself was $235,000, the same amount that it cost to renovate the interior
in 1969. Christ Church Cathedral is listed on the National Register of
Historic Places and as a National Historic Landmark.
Visiting the Christ
The church is open
daily from 9 am to 5 pm.
Self guided tours are available,
reservations required for guided tours.
Gift Shop Hours:
Monday – Friday: 11 am to 4 pm and Sunday mornings
There is no charge to visit the Christ Church Cathedral.
Location: The Christ Church Cathedral is located
in downtown St. Louis.
N 38 37.836
W 90 11.859
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