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

St. Alphonsus Church

Photograph by Kurt Waters, 2012. Image courtesy Baltimore Heritage. View File Details Page

Sign, St. Alphonsus Church

Sign, St. Alphonsus Church

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Window, St. Alphonsus Church

Window, St. Alphonsus Church

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Spire, St. Alphonsus Church

Spire, St. Alphonsus Church

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St. Alphonsus, 1888

St. Alphonsus, 1888

Illustration of St. Alphonsus Church, ca 1888. Image courtesy 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

Photograph of the kitchen of St. Alphonsus Church at Saratoga Street and Park Avenue, September 17, 1953. Image courtesy the BG&E Collection, Baltimore Museum of Industry, BGE.27254. View File Details Page

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St. Alphonsus Church and Lithuanians on the West Side

Video created by Sydney Jenkins for the UMBC Practices in Public History course with Dr. Denise Meringolo. Images and video courtesy Baltimore Heritage, Ben Dibbert, CentrumwPlichtowie, Justin Taylor, Library of Congress, Lindy and Blues, Lithuanian Citizen's Society of Western PA, Malunas, Mark Trimble, Mathiasrex, Random Michelle, Shirley Pietrowiak, Stanley Dashew and The Yorck Project. View File Details Page

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Eli Pousson, “Saint Alphonsus Church,” Explore Baltimore Heritage, accessed August 3, 2015, http://explore.baltimoreheritage.org/items/show/165.

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