Old St. Rose of Lima

St. Rose of Lima’s third location, consecrated in 1910, stayed open until 1992, though its roots go back to 1884. Its closure was part of the greater consolidation of Catholic parishes in the West End in the last half of the Twentieth Century.

Regardless, it is a beautiful example of “pure” Romanesque Revival architecture, with hulking, rusticated masonry that gives the church a Teutonic solidity.

The area is now largely served by “New” St. Augustine’s in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood.

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  1. Patricia (King) Lodes says:

    Do you have any pictures of the old Saint Rose School on Goodfellow and Ethel 63112. I graduated from
    Saint Rose in 1955

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      Unfortunately, the main St. Rose school building was torn down sometime before 1989, and only the old house on Goodfellow and the low stone retaining wall remains. There are some public housing buildings standing on the site now.

    2. phillip sullivan says:

      St. Rose of Lima School at 5808 Etzel did burn down sometime in the late 90’s. C.F. Vatterott built I believe Section 8 houseing on the property after it burned down.

      1. Chris Naffziger says:

        Yes, there are apartments on that spot now that look like they were built in the 1980s.

  2. Patricia (king) Lodes says:

    Didnít the old Saint Rose of Lima School @ Goodfellow and Etzel burn to the ground? Do you know if the convent still stands? Does the rectory next to the church belong to the Saint Louis Archdiocese?

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      I am not sure. What is the address of the former convent? The building just to the north of the church on Goodfellow is still owned by the Archdiocese–was that the old rectory? Apparently it is now the office of Catholic Charities. Also, it looks like the original St. Rose’s was at the corner of Etzel and Goodfellow (before the large stone church was built down at Maple and Goodfellow) on the grounds of the school, and was a wood-frame church with a stone tower. Do you remember that structure, or had it been demolished by the time you attended school there?

  3. Patricia Lodes says:

    Actually, The first saint Rose Church was built on the grounds that is now Saint Augustine (originally Saint Barbaraís). Long ago the wooden church burned (long before my time). Secondly, the church was built on the grounds that later became Saint Rose School. The convent was on Goodfellow, next to the school. As you know, Saint Rose Church ( building now standing but not belonging to the Archdiocese) was the third Saint Rose Church building. Interesting history but lost documents and pictures. Itís a shame

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      Was the convent that large building that looks like a mansion that sits practically on top of the old school property?

    2. Linda says:

      Hi Patricia. The old St. Rose School closed in 1977. I don’t believe that it burned. As Chris states, the site now has houses built on it. What remains of the old school is the stone wall, facing Goodfellow. That wall was the base for the boys’ playground.
      Although, St. Rose School is gone, we have not forgotten it. We have had 3 St. Rose All Class Reunions. The first was in 1995, then 2000 and last one was in 2018. There is a website, strosereunion.com, with photos. We were planning a Reunion for 2020 and then Covid-19 arrived. We have halted our plans but hope to pick them back up in 2021. Contact me at ltbr2012@gmail.com in you want to be added to the email list when we start planning again. We would love to have you be a part of the process.
      St. Rose of Lima Catholic Grade School – gone but not forgotten.

      1. Chris Naffziger says:

        Thanks, Linda! Please feel free to post when the next reunion gets rescheduled.

  4. Patricia (King) Lodes says:

    Yes, the Catholic Charities Bldg was the formerSaint Rose Rectory.

  5. Steve Zacharzuk says:

    My parents were married in St. Rose, I assume this church on April 12, 1942. Is there any archives of the church documents?

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      The Archdiocese of St. Louis maintains files for all closed parishes.
      They have always been friendly and helpful when I have contacted them.

  6. Tess Murray says:

    Hi My names is Tess Murray. I am trying to get a copy of my fathers birth certificate. He was baptized at St. Rose in 1934 5808 Ethel 63112. How can I obtain ? Any information is appreciated Thank you!

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      Since 1910, the State of Missouri has registered births and deaths in St. Louis. You can start your search here:
      Do not use a third party site–they will only charge you extra for a service provided directly by the State of Missouri. Good luck!

  7. Joan Bosch Dale says:

    I have such wonderful memories of my years going to school there in the 1950’s .

    I lived at 5592 Bartmer Ave. and attended the St. Rose if Lima School from Kindergarten to 8th Grade.

    My siblings also attended:

    Older Brothers: Herbert and Thomas

    Younger Sisters: Janice

    I remember

    Mrs. McKinney (sp?)2 – Kindergarten

    Sr. Marie Eileen – 1st Gr.

    Sr. Mary Patrick – 2nd Gr.

    Sr. ….? Eileen – 3rd Gr.

    Sr. Maria Assunta – 4th Gr.

    Mrs. Hickham – 5th Gr.

    Sr. Gervasia – 6th Grade

    Sr. Imertrude – 7th Grade

    Sr. Scholastica – 8th Grade

    I have some old photos that I would be happy to share too.

    1. cnaffziger says:

      Thank you for sharing all those memories!

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