St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church – Lamar

107 901 Lamar Street [NR], St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1909-12; 1949; 1983. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church was designed by the Fort Worth firm of Sanguinet and Staats and built by William Miller Sons and Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ground was broken on April 13, 1909, but work halted after the foundation was completed so that additional funds could be collected to satisfy mortgage requirements. The church was completed and formally opened on May 12, 1912. Built of gray dolomite (a building stone as hard as granite) from Carthage, Missouri, St. Andrew’s is a fine Gothic Revival building, with an air reminiscent of an English medieval parish church. The cruciform plan structure has a nave with single side aisles and a single transept crossing. There are two corner towers on the west facade with entrance porticos parallel to the transepts. The rose window over the altar was crafted in England; all other stained glass windows in the church were made by the Jacoby Art Glass Co. of St. Louis. The interior features extensive wood wainscot and paneling, wood rood screen, and exposed wood roof beams and ceiling coffers. St. Andrew’s had its beginning with an Episcopal mission church, established in 1873. The congregation was housed in a wood frame structure located at E. Fifth and Commerce (Rusk) streets. Soon after the 1912 church was completed, the old building was moved to Lamar St., placed beside the church, and used as a parish hall. The pulpit from the old building was installed in the newly constructed church and is still in use. The wood building was demolished in 1949 when the present brick and cast stone parish house, designed by Preston M. Geren, Architect and Engineer, was built. In 1983 Geren Associates (through the course of the project the firm became Geren Associates/CRS and then CRS-Sirrine) designed an annex to the parish house which was built by Cadenhead Construction Co. Because of its architectural quality and integrity, and its place in the religious history of Fort Worth, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church appears to be eligible for the National Register.

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