St. Mary’s Cathedral, Chapel, and Diocesan House (Episcopal)

Status: Preserved

Address: 692, 700 and 714 Poplar Avenue, Memphis

Built: Built in 1887 (Chapel), 1902 (Diocesan House) and 1898-1926 (Cathedral)

Architectural Style: Gothic Revival

Original Function/Purpose: Church

The St. Mary’s Cathedral, Chapel, and Diocesan House were placed on the National Register on Jan. 19, 1979.

History: The cathedral originated as a mission church organized by Calvary Episcopal Church in 1857. The original church was a small, wooden Gothic structure dedicated in 1858. St. Mary’s School for Girls opened there in 1873 led by Episcopal nuns from the recently formed Sisterhood of St. Mary’s Cathedral. Construction of the current English Gothic Revival Cathedral began in 1898 after plans by W. Halsey Wood and L.M. Weathers and required nearly two decades to complete. The Diocesan House (pictured) dates to 1902.

 

City Council District: 7

Super District: 8

County Commission District: 8

DON NEWMAN