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Old St. Edward’s Roman Catholic Church

The beautiful former St. Edward’s Roman Catholic Church, at the corner of Clara and Maffitt, is now owned by Perpetual Praise and Worship Ministries.

It was created in 1893, and closed in 1992, when it and a host of other northside parishes were folded into “New” St. Augustine’s, the former St. Barbara’s in nearby Hamilton Heights.

St. Edward’s also has a very important place in Archdiocesan history, as it played a role in the confrontation between priests and parents fighting the desegregation of parish schools. The parents lost. Another location featuring prominently in this battle was German House in Lafayette Square.

I’ll have to admit; I first thought this was an Evangelisch Lutheran church at first, since the Roman Catholic Archdiocese rarely dabbled in the English Gothic Revival, but I grew suspicious when I saw the bridge from the house next door. This has to be a Roman Catholic church, I thought! Just look at the cool roof on the rectory.

4 Comments

  1. Chris, I too thought it might be an “Evangelisch Kirche.” The stained glass seem to be un-Roman Catholic but the crosses seem un-Lutheran at the time of construction. Danke for this posting.

  2. Went to school/church here. Could walk from home on Powers Ave.
    was in early 40s. Wonderful memories walking to wells ton. Taking streetcar to downtown. So sad childhood is not the same for my grandkids.

  3. I can recall in the early 1950’s when the African American kids were allowed to attend St. Edward’s School, that one of the very first of these black kids had absolutely no fear. He did, however, cause fear in many of the students already
    attending there, of which I was one. He would bully everyone…even the Nuns. I, and others, got a daily “roughing up” by this new 2nd grader who was a good head taller and much heavier than many of the 4th graders. I remember hearing parents say they thought he was at least 10 years old. At any rate, THAT was our introduction to racial integration in 1950-ish St. Louis, Missouri. Not much has changed.

  4. We’re not supposed to say anything but who then? who else? They could not get blacks to attend by the time we moved away from the area in 1963. Ten-thousand dollars was put into new plumbing for my beloved school only to be torn down several years later. No matter what they tried black kids were not into school. It was a perfect school and parish in every way. The Catholics were something in those days. I could see the church steeple from our living room. St. Edwards Church was everything to me growing up on Roosevelt street. The architecture is an austere English Gothic. I often wonder what happened to all the school desks and gorgeous statuary. It is deplorable what has happened to North Co. And the church’s liberal views got them nowhere.

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