One of my favorite churches in North St. Louis, which I’ve looked at before here and here, is St. Liborius, anchoring the bend in North Market Street in the St. Louis Place neighborhood.
This weekend, the owners allowed visitors to come inside and view the interior, and brainstorm for possible uses for the massive, Gothic Revival church.
The church is a version of a German Hallkirche, with relatively de-emphasized transepts. All attention is therefore focused towards the high altar.
The massive compound Gothic columns hold up intricately detailed and well-preserved groin vaulting.
The choir loft is in bad condition, and the organ is largely gone.
The original gold leaf on the vaulting of the apse is well preserved and extremely beautiful.
Some of the original tracery and mosaic tile is preserved in patches around the church such as you can see here.
The complex, foliated designs on the capitals of the columns are also unique, and still possess their original paint.
Surrounding the front door are thick brick walls, supporting the tall spire above.
The owners are looking for help or a possible buyer for the church. If you have a good idea, and some money, you should help out.
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Do you know what happened to the Stations of the Cross that used to be on the side walls of the church?
Good question; they went into the archdiocese’s storage facility, and might have ended up in the church in Eureka. I don’t know for sure.