St. Andrew Roman Catholic Church, Lemay, Revisited

I’ve photographed St. Andrew Roman Catholic Church in Lemay one time before back in July of 2017, but I was passing by and decided to take another look. St. Andrew was one of the two oldest disciples, and was the brother of St. Peter. They were both fishermen. One of my favorite depictions of the saint is the monumental sculpture by Franois Duquesnoy (Duke-en-wah) in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. I’ve also featured Sant’Andrea al Quirinale back in February of 2010, which is another Roman Baroque church by a Duquesnoy contemporary, Gianlorenzo Bernini. Also in Rome, less known because it’s so often overshadowed by its neighbor in the Cornaro Chapel, but in the church of Santa Maria Della Vittoria (St. Louis has its own St. Mary of Victories), is a chapel dedicated to St. Andrew.

One of the more memorable depictions of his martyrdom is by Mattia Preti in the church of Sant’Andrea delle Valle in Rome from 1650-1, painted as a fresco, I believe in a stucco frame. The church is perhaps more famous for the dome fresco by Giovanni Lanfranco.

But I digress. St. Andrew’s is a large parish, with multiple buildings spreading out northwest down Hoffmeister Avenue away from the complicated intersection of South Broadway, Military Road and Gentry Avenue.

The style, as many early Twentieth Century Roman Catholic churches in St. Louis, is Italian Romanesque Revival, as is most often seen, but not exclusively north of the Apennine Mountains.

As is typical of Italian campanile, the bell tower is made to appear as a freestanding building, even though in this instance it is in fact attached to the main body of the church.

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  1. Bob S says:

    I learn a lot from your digressions!

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