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Old St. Vincent's Church
Cape Girardeau Missouri Historic Site

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NameOld St. Vincent's Church
Address131 South Main Street
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Brief DescriptionHistoric Church
CategoryHistoric Site
DescriptionOld St. Vincent's is the second Catholic Church at the same location. The church replaced a smaller church that was completed in 1838 and destroyed by a tornado in 1850. The tornado also destroyed Lorimier’s Red House and Lorimier’s Warehouse, both of which sat next to the first church. Old St. Vincent Church was was designed by a 24-year-old Irishman, Thomas Walsh. The church was built in the shape of a cross, and according to our former religious architect, Mr. Theodore Wofford of St. Louis, Old St. Vincent is one of only five or six English Gothic churches still standing in the United States. Thanks to Mr. Wofford who oversaw the complete restoration of Old St. Vincent from approximately the late 1970s to the late 1990s and the craftsmen he hired, the interior probably looks better now than it ever has. For example, the columns have been made to look like marble columns when in fact they are simply plaster encasements which surround trees that were probably cut from the virgin forests of Southeast Missouri. The walls are painted to look like rocks stacked upon rocks when in fact they are plaster walls covered with a canvas like material on which exact lines were painted.
Phone 1(800) 777-0068
Handicapped AccessibleYes
Time Allowance1 hour
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Last Updated10/12/2016
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