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Former St. Mark’s Roman Catholic Church, Revisited

I went by the old St. Mark’s Roman Catholic Church on Page Boulevard at Academy Avenue. It looks much like it did the last time I visited, but I think more of the window tracery (the wood framing) in the tower is missing.

The school building is huge, and shows how large this parish used to be. The congregation that bought the church after the parish closed has now moved on, as well.

St. Mark’s Parochial School Academy, Minerva and Academy Avenues, c. 1911, Missouri History Museum, N33340

4 Comments

  1. My grandfather attended this school around 90 years ago when he lived nearby on Ridge Ave.

  2. One reason the school was so huge was because it wasn’t just a grade school K-8 – it also had a high school. The co-ed elementary school was on the first level (up half a flight of stairs) and the all-girls high school was on the second floor. Two generations of my family attended the grade school, and women from three generations attended the high school. Other parishes had a similar arrangement – St. Alphonsus (the Rock Church), Corpus Christi in Jennings, St. John the Baptist (co-ed high school), and St. Francis De Sales (co-ed high school).

  3. Thank you, John Guenther, for bringing this beautiful church to my attention. Thank you, Chris Naffziger, for your photos.

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