The Historical Sacred Heart Church in Galveston, Texas. A true beauty of our time.

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Sacred Heart Church, located in Galveston Texas is just breathtaking.  As a Galvestonian I have admired the beauty of this religious sanctuary all of my life.  The photo of this church speaks for itself.  Little else in needed when it comes to describing just how magnificent this landmark truly is. 

Sacred Heart Church in Galveston, Texas

Sacred Heart is a Catholic Parish.  The church was established on June 21, 1884 by Rt. Rev. Bishop Nicholas A. Gallagher.  He decided the East End of Galveston would become the Society of Jesus.  Reverend John F. O'Connor was given the task starting this parish.  With the help of Father Slevin Sacred Heart had its first mass the Sunday after July 15, 1884 (Father Slevin arrived on the Island July 15, 1984).  The land which would become Sacred Heart was donated by Michael B Menard.  The Menard family has played a large part in the history of Galveston, Texas.

At one point Sacred Heart was the largest church in Texas (1892).  It was also the third largest in the southern United States.  This is in part due to the history Sacred Heart had with St. Mary's University.   

The building was designed by architect Nicholas Clayton.  The design was French Romanesque.  Sadly the Storm of 1900 demolished the original building.  This storm devastated most of Galveston and became what has been known as the worst natural disaster to ever strike the United States. All but two stained glass windows, the Mass bell, the statue of the Sacred Heart and the Crucifix were destroyed.  These items remain at the church to this day.  The Catholic parish family immediately made plans to reconstruct the church.  On June 21, 1903 a cornerstone was laid and the church was consecrated on January 17, 1904.

the front of the church

Here are some exerts from the Texas Historical Commission Marker.  These words truley describe the heart and soul of why Sacred Heart Chruch is an amazing part of my cities history.  This church just embodies what life in Galveston, Texas is all about.  Beauty, tranquility and beleifs in the true foundations that make us know we are.

The present building, the second for the parish, was constructed in 1903-04 during the pastorate of the Rev. D. J. Murphy.  A prominent landmark in the city, it features ornate octagonal towers, flying buttresses, elaborate ornamentation, and a variety of  arches.  The design reflects influences of the Moorish, Byzantine, Gothic, and the Romanesque styles.  The buildings original dome. damaged in a 1915 hurricane, was redesigned by Nicholas Clayton.  Scared heart Church has played a significant role in the growth and development of Galveston.  Since the 1880's, many of the city's prominent business, professional, civic, and religious leaders have been associated with the parish.  Recorded Texas Landmark- 1981

I hope these facts and photos make you want to explore Galveston, Texas.  This church is open to visitors. Please come experience the absolute stunning beauty of Sacred Heart.  The location and contact information is as follows.

Sacred Heart Church

1302 Broadway

Galveston, Texas 77550

409-762-6374

www.sacredheartgalveston.org

 

 

 

 

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OK, here's the answer.  My wife, Patty, said, "You're moving to Dallas with me, big boy."  Of course I said, "Yes ma'am."  But I darned sure don't belong this far from my Gulf of Mexico.

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So true, so true.  We have moved 8 times in the last 6 years (due to building).  I am glad to finally be home as of a week ago.  We moved back into on of our rentals to fix it up.  My husband is also in network security and it was a good time to get out of the home building market.  We have been super busy since we got back but we do have one of the best sites in Galveston so it is nice to finally not be handing out relos.  I thought I would have more time to unpack but we have been showing and listing.  It is a great time of year for Galveston real estate.
April 06, 2008 07:38 PM
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Thanks so much for information about Sacred Heart Church.  I recently visited Galveston Island, a first visit & brief stay.  Finally finding my way to Ashton Villa the Visitor Center, I was intrigued by the white building across the street and took several photos of this awesome & unique structure.  It will be included in an album which I'm publishing on line for family and friends. 

Mary Dolan

Ann Arbor, Michigan 

April 07, 2011 10:39 PM
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Christina Strommen Stevens
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Hi Ann,

 

So glad you enjoyed your trip to Galveston.  The inside off the church is beyond amazing.  I think by far it has to be one of the most beautiful churches in Texas. We had a little "churches across Texas" contest within a group on Activerain and this post tied for 1st place with another party so I think  many other agrees that this church is just worthy of your attention and time.  It's beauty is just breathtaking.  If  you have  time there is  some very sad, yet interesting historyy in terms of the storm that hit Galveston in the 1900's is something you should read about if you have time. Before that storm Galveston was headed to being the capital of Texas.

My laptop is experiencing a bizarre space bar issue so excuse any  odd spacing in my post.

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I have a beautiful picture if you would like to have let me know
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