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College Hill in the Snow #24: Our Lady of Perpetual Succor

The Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succor burned long ago, but the many buildings of its campus are still standing, showing what a large presence the congregation was in the community.

The parish is now closed, the territory part of Most Holy Trinity in Hyde Park, like much of the North Side east of Grand or West Florissant.

While many of the buildings seem to be in use, the auditorium building below has long been vacant.

The interior of the church was magnificent.

Our Lady of Perpetual Succor Church [Catholic]. Interior view. Northwest corner of Linton and Twentieth Streets.. Photograph by Emil Boehl. Missouri Historical Society Photographs and Prints Collections. NS34218. Scan © 2006, Missouri Historical Society.

This photo, courtesy of the Building Arts Foundation, shows the church right after the fire, and right before demolition. It was a sad loss of a beautiful building.

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