HERE ARE PHOTOS of Saint Margaret of Scotland Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri, located about four road miles west of the Old Cathedral.
This church, called by Archbishop John J. Glennon "the pearl of the diocese", was completed in 1907. It is an anchor of the Shaw's Garden neighborhood, which simultaneously experiences both crushing urban decay and optimistic revitalization.
The church is in the "Celtic style" and was designed by the firm of Barnett, Haynes, and Barnett, who also designed the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. The church has two towers; one is not visible here.
The following interior photos were taken on Ash Wednesday.
The interior was originally done in wood and plaster; starting in 1925, it was remade in Italian marble. Unlike most churches of this date, this has a wide nave without side-aisles. It seats 1200; according to the 2007 census, this church has about 1700 parishioners.
The sanctuary and altars at the front of the church are lit with tungsten lighting, while the nave appears to use fluorescent lighting. The colors may seem a bit odd because of this mixed lighting: the same object can appear greenish in one photo, and reddish in another. This looks fine to the eye, but it confuses the camera.
The altar, baldachin, and statues were done by Daprato Studios in Pietrasanta, Italy, well-know for its work with Carrara marble. The stained glass was from the Emil Frei Art Glass Company of Saint Louis.
The crucifix and tabernacle.
I didn't use a camera tripod at this church, so these photos are quite fuzzy and are not at all worthy of their subject matter.
Detail of the altar; the small table has containers of palm ashes for Ash Wednesday.
A detail of the marble baldachin. The sanctuary is richly painted.
Painting of angels above Bethlehem.
Detail of the sanctuary.
Painting of the three Magi, located to the left of the altar.
Altar of Saint Joseph.
Statue of Saint Margaret of Scotland (ca. 1045 - 1093). Queen of Scotland, foundress of abbeys, and friend of the poor. Her relics were mainly destroyed during the English Reformation and French Revolution.
Her feast day is November 16th in the new calendar, June 10th in the old, and July 16th in Scotland.
Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, otherwise known in the East as Mother of God of the Passion.
View to side of nave; musicians are here getting ready for Mass.
One of the ceiling's supporting arches.
Statue of Saint Anne, with a Bible, teaching the child Mary how to read.
Simon helps Jesus to carry His Cross.
A devotional niche in the church.
Holy water font, carved out of marble.
3854 Flad Avenue
Saint Louis, Missouri 63110