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Historic Churches In Houston

March 31, 2014 8:00 AM

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Most Americans associate Houston as the energy capital of the world, but the city is more than just an important center for business and economic activity. Houston is also a place of history and is home to several historic churches. These places of worship are memorable for their historic age, unique architecture and loyal following. Here are some of the notable historic churches in the Houston area.
First Evangelical Lutheran Church
1311 Holman St.
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 529-3589
www.felchouston.org

Originally opened in 1851, First Evangelical Lutheran Church is one of Houston’s oldest congregations. It was the first Lutheran church founded in the city and the second one founded in the state. Home to German immigrants in its early years, First Evangelical Lutheran Church has a broad reach in the Houston area and has helped inspire the founding of other Lutheran churches. Its historic building features European styling and design, a common quality of churches built during this era.

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
5501 Main St.
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 528-0527
www.stpaulshouston.org

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church dates back to 1905 when a local woman donated property with the condition that a Methodist Church be built on its grounds. Construction was then underway on what would become one of Houston’s grandest houses of worship. The impressive entry to the main chapel surprises guests who often marvel at its artwork and design. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church still maintains its historic charm, but today functions as a modern church, complete with children’s programs, active ministries and its own school.

Christ Church Cathedral
1117 Texas Ave.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 222-2593
www.christchurchcathedral.org

If any area church has earned bragging rights for history, it would be Christ Church Cathedral. Founded in 1839, it was Houston’s first religious congregation and it still utilizes the same historic building constructed more than 170 years ago. In the early days, Christ Church Cathedral opened its doors and services to those of other religious faiths, helping to forge a sense of community with other believers. Today, the cathedral is host to several religious-themed events, including its popular Diocesan Choral Festival, featuring choirs from across the diocese.

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Annunciation Catholic Church
1618 Texas Ave.
Houston, TX 77003
(713) 222-2289
www.annunciationcc.org

One of the oldest existing church buildings in the city, Annunciation dates back to the late 1800s and is a popular gathering place for the church-going faithful and visitors. Its design is reminiscent of European Gothic architecture and its tall steeple makes it easy to locate. Annunciation Catholic Church is one of the few Catholic churches that still conducts some of its services in Latin, but it offers English services as well. The church gained status as an historic Texas landmark in 1969.


South Main Baptist Church
4100 S. Main St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 529-4167
www.smbc.org

Located near the Houston Museum District, South Main Baptist Church has been serving its members since the days of the early 20th century. This church is active in missions work, both locally and internationally, and it serves a diverse community. Once known as Tuam Avenue Baptist Church, it changed its name in the 1920s and moved into the impressive, historic building that it calls home today. Its place as an historic part of the Houston landscape is evident to all who visit for the first time and witness its Romanesque design.

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Bryan Carey is a Houston, Texas resident with an avid interest in restaurants, dining, breweries, wineries, festivals, cultural events, museums, theatre, concerts, and other forms of entertainment. He has been writing about entertainment, travel, and related topics for more than fifteen years and has thousands of articles to his credit. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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