Saint Alphonsus Church

Designed by early Baltimore architect Robert Cary Long in 1845, the St. Alphonsus Church has been called "the German cathedral" for its Southern German neo-Gothic style. The church was originally established with a large German congregation and the attached rectory functioned as provincial headquarters for the Redemptorist Fathers and Brothers.

By 1917, the German congregation had largely left the neighborhoods around the church and the building was acquired by the Roman Catholic Lithuanian Parish of Saint John the Baptist. The new congregation took on the historic name of the church and reopened the school in St. Alphonsus Hall, which had been established in l847.

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St. Alphonsus Church (2012)

St. Alphonsus Church (2012)

View of St. Alphonsus Church. | Source: Baltimore Heritage | Creator: Kurt Waters View File Details Page

Commemorative Plaque, St. Alphonsus Church (2012)

Commemorative Plaque, St. Alphonsus Church (2012)

Image of plaque commemorating the parishioners who served in the military during World War II. | Source: Baltimore Heritage | Creator: Kurt Waters View File Details Page

Window, St. Alphonsus Church (2012)

Window, St. Alphonsus Church (2012)

Exterior view of St. Alphonsus Church window. | Source: Baltimore Heritage | Creator: Kurt Waters View File Details Page

Spire, St. Alphonsus Church (2012)

Spire, St. Alphonsus Church (2012)

View of St. Alphonsus Church spire. | Source: Baltimore Heritage | Creator: Kurt Waters View File Details Page

St. Alphonsus Church (c. 1888)

St. Alphonsus Church (c. 1888)

Illustration of St. Alphonsus Church. | Source: Weishampel's Baltimore Guide, The Stranger in Baltimore: A New Hand Book (1888), Internet Archive, weishampelsbalti01weis. View File Details Page

Interior, St. Alphonsus (1953)

Interior, St. Alphonsus (1953)

View of the kitchen of St. Alphonsus Church at Saratoga Street and Park Avenue. | Source: BG&E Collection, Baltimore Museum of Industry, BGE.27254 View File Details Page

Video

St. Alphonsus Church and Lithuanians on the West Side (2012)

Video describing the growth of the Lithuanian community and St. Alphonsus' place in that community. | Source: UMBC Practices in Public History course with Dr. Denise Meringolo | Creator: Sydney Jenkins View File Details Page

Street Address:

114 W. Saratoga Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 [map]

Official Website:

St. Alphonsus Church

Cite this Page:

Eli Pousson, “Saint Alphonsus Church,” Explore Baltimore Heritage, accessed June 28, 2016, http://explore.baltimoreheritage.org/items/show/165.

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