St. Augustine

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My favorite church in St. Louis drew me back to it this last weekend, and this time the light was much better and I was able to capture some great photos of the long-suffering St. Augustine Catholic Church in the Hyde Park(?)St. Louis Place neighborhood. People were burning garbage in a large derelict furnace nearby, and generally looking like they were having a good time. I took the pictures around 4:00 PM, so the late winter sun was shining directly on the front of the edifice.

My eye was drawn below to the light shining through the blue and yellow stain glass visible through a broken window high up on the side of the church.The spire itself, reminiscent of North German Gothic, commands the entire neighborhood and can be seen on the streets from miles away.I particularly like this exterior placed spiral staircase, which contributes further visual interest to the front of the church.Below is the peaked roof of the church, showing a missing window and another row of blue and yellow stained glass. St. Augustine’s magnificence, both in size and ornament, unfortunately is the reason behind its vacancy.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Not abandoned?! That’s the best thing I’ve heard since… forever. Awesome.

  2. Jeff says:

    It’s too bad this renovation wasn’t completed several years ago. Looks like it could have been a good church for Karyn and I to tie the knot in.

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