St. Paul's Methodist Church was built in the early part of this century. Is one of the most visited landmarks in the beautiful area surrounding Hermann Park.
The Church is still very active; in fact, my son and his wife were married there. I learned some of the history from the Minister who performed their service. They have one of the largest pipe organs in the country and the largest in Texas. It takes a team several months just to clean the pipes and keep it in working order. When they play "Here comes the Bride" or the Wedding March, it is very impressive and almost deafening. It is the most beautiful organ I have ever seen or heard.
The upstairs groom's quarters is very classy with a sitting area, table and chairs and is perfect for the Groom and his party. The bridal suite is downstairs in the basement and is lovely with private baths, lighted mirror and vanity and everything the bride needs. They really have special touches of elegance everywhere.
St Paul's Methodist Church was conceived in 1903 as an act of gratitude as an offering from Ellen Ross after her son recovered from a serious illness. She contributed two lots on the corner of Milam & McGowen. This location opened in 1909. This was known then as the "South side of Houston". The architecture was Grecian with a dome in Byzantine style.
After so much growth, expansion was not feasible, so the property was sold and the new location at 5501 Main, the present location, was purchased from the Hermann estate. This graceful stone building with a beautiful bell tower was built in the English stone gothic style. The Architect chosen was Jesse Jones' protege' Alfred c. Finn, who would gain fame as the designer of the San Jacinto Monument, the Gulf Building, the Cullen Building at the University of Houston, and the Coliseum and Music Hall.
In 1980, Organist/Choirmaster Robert Brewer joined Frances Anderson to lead St Paul's Choir, now an acclaimed 75 voice ensemble that has often sung at Westminster Abbey. In 1981, David Farnsworth donated a 76 rank Schantz pipe organ.
In June of 2001, Tropical Storm Allison took Houston by surprise and caused extreme damage to the building. You certainly can not tell it was damaged today by looking at this beautiful landmark either inside or out.
You can see this beautiful landmark at the following address:
5501 Main Street
Houston, TX 77004
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