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Philadelphia’s 1891 Acts of the Apostles Church

March 9, 2018
Acts of the Apostles Church in Jesus Christ
Charming rough cut stone facade of an historic gothic revival Philadelphia church.

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Detail of beautiful Victorian stenciled decorations inside an historic Philadelphia church

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View of the vaulted gothic revival interior of an historic Philadelphia church.

Photo: Library of Congress

Beautiful antique plaster cast station of the cross

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View of high gothic revival vaults and carved wood organ case inside a historic Philadelphia church.

Photo: Library of Congress

Victorian High Altar of the Acts of the Apostles Church in Jesus Christ

Photo: Library of Congress

Acts of the Apostles Church in Jesus Christ

Photo: Library of Congress

Charming rough cut stone facade of a historic Philadelphia church

Photo: Library of Congress

In the 1860’s, Philadelphia’s Brewerytown was a small German enclave nestled alongside the Schuylkill River. It was as its name suggests a hub for distillers. Plentiful water from the river & easy access to nearby farmland had given rise to several successful breweries. By 1890 Philadelphia would be home to several hundred distillers & Brewerytown would be home to several thousand people. Where would faithful Catholics gather? Why, St. Ludwig’s Catholic Church, of course! Built in 1891, St. Ludwig’s was a source of pride for the local German community. Lavish interior & exterior details abounded despite the humble economic means of its congregation.  An elegant steeple, elaborate stained glass windows, & polychromed interior vaults signaled the community had “arrived”.

 

By the mid 1970’s Brewerytown’s original German inhabitants had dispersed & St. Ludwig’s was forced to close in 1975. Fortunately for this wonderful building, a new congregation stewards it. In 1976 St. Ludwig’s became the Acts of the Apostles Church in Jesus Christ which has since gained a reputation for extensive charity work in the local community. Favorite bits? That wonderful steeple! Also, that Victorian polychrome interior!

 

More on Acts of the Apostles Church here.

 

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