Former St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church

I discovered the former St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church somehow in the Walnut Park neighborhood, so I went by to take some pictures. Founded in 1919, It’s based off Lombard Romanesque architecture, which I saw in Milan in churches such as Saint Ambrose.

St. Philip Neri Church, Thekla and Durant, Photograph by William Swekosky, c. 1940-1959, Missouri History Museum, N07074

But really there are all sorts of hulking piles of monumental stone all over northern Italy that this church owes a debt of inspiration to. I really love the design of this church, and the day I went by there were people coming and going, doing some cleaning work on a Saturday. I’m glad that a new congregation can use it.

The back has a huge apse, much like a post-Reformation church might have, and its bell tower continues the theme of a Lombard church would have.

St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church, Thekla Avenue and Durant Avenue, Photograph by Alexander Piaget, c. 1935-38, Missouri History Museum, N29582

There was a school next door, as well, which is in good condition.

It is also in use today, as well, and I am happy to see this church and its campus still functioning as a landmark in the neighborhood.

St. Philip Neri and St. Adalbert were closed in 1993 to create Simon of Cyrene in the former’s campus. Simon of Cyrene then in turn closed in 2005.

One Comment

  1. Just beautiful, especially on a sunny day as it was in your photos. Very nice! It pains me to see such beautiful buildings when they are abandoned and neglected. Pray that this never happens to this series of buildings!

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