The Romanesque Revival Church, The Grove

I could have sworn I photographed this church back in the summer of 2014, when I passed by on Taylor Avenue. Apparently I did not, but I was impressed with the giant arches of this Romanesque Revival edifice at the corner of Gibson.

The Romanesque style features rounded arches with heavy walls and simple decoration in St. Louis, and this church is much more restrained in ornamentation compared to industrial magnates’ houses such as the Cupples House.

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  1. Patrick Genna says:

    Wagoner Memorial Methodist Episcopal, Taylor & Gibson 1934
    As white flight continued, it became one of many African-American churches.

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      1934, that’s interesting. A late entry in the Romanesque Revival.

  2. Patrick Genna says:

    Thank u for sharing. I used to drive by this church when it was viable back in the 1980s. There are other churches too, but as the city de-populates in certain areas, many churches close. The history of St. Louis churches is so rich.

  3. Mark Bolten says:

    Cornerstone facing Taylor states built late 1800s. Don’t remember exact date.

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      That makes more sense, and it was already on the Sanborn maps in the early Twentieth Century.

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