Old St. Paul's

Old St. Paul's (HM36P)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21201
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 17.52', W 76° 36.911'

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St. Paul's Church (Episcopal) stands on the only property that has remained under the same ownership since the original survey of Baltimore Town in 1730. In that year, Lot. No. 19, the highest point in the new town, was granted to St. Paul's Parish; nine years later, the city's first public place of worship opened its doors. All Episcopal churches in Baltimore trace their lineage to this parish, which was established in 1692, the first place of worship being in Patapsco Neck.

Three churches have succeeded the original structure on this lot. The fourth and present basilica style church, built in 1856, was designed by Richard Upjohn, the noted architect whose most famous work is the Gothic Trinity Church in New York. A six-story bell tower was part of the original plans for St. Paul's, but was never completed.

Marble reliefs of Moses and Christ, sculped by Antonio Capellano, ornamented the third church of 1812, which burned in 1854. The plaques were salvaged from the fire and reinstalled on the present church. Among the oldest examples of architectural sculpture in the county, the plaques also escaped Baltimore's Great Fire of 1904.
HM NumberHM36P
Series This marker is part of the Maryland: Baltimore City Historical Markers series
Historical Period20th Century, 19th Century, 18th Century
Historical PlaceChurch/House of Worship
Marker TypeHistoric Building
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleMounted
Placed ByThe City of Baltimore, The Vestry of St. Paul's Parish in Baltimore County, Inc., sponsor and William Donald Schaefer, mayor
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 12:15pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 360711 N 4350424
Decimal Degrees39.29200000, -76.61518333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 17.52', W 76° 36.911'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 17' 31.2000" N, 76° 36' 54.6600" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)410, 443, 301
Can be seen from road?Yes
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 233 N Charles St, Baltimore MD 21201, US
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