Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Photos of Mary Queen of Peace Church, in Webster Groves, Missouri

HERE ARE PHOTOS of Mary, Queen of Peace Church, in Webster Groves, Missouri.

The parish dates from 1922; this church from 1955.

Click here for more photos of the church exterior.

The church has an unusual octagonal nave, similar in plan to All Saints Church, in University City.

While the interior detailing of the church is fairly simple, the stone used here is wonderful.

Altar of Mary. Note that the statue of Mary is made of several kinds of fine marbles.

The Joyful and Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary are portrayed in stained glass.

676 West Lockwood
Webster Groves, Missouri 63119


  1. Beautiful church, and nice that the altar rail and tabernacle were kept. Some 50's church design is ugly, but much of it is wonderful. The interior of this church is both modern (in a 50's sense)and "classical", harkening back to previous centuries. The colors used are rich, earthy, and harmonious. Perhaps one day the original altar will be used periodically AS an altar, and not as a backdrop.

  2. Yes, I've noticed that many pre-Concilliar Modernist churches are quite good. The architects of these churches had classical architectural educations, and so had good understanding of proportion, symmetry, and the beauty of design and materials. The revolutions in the architecture schools started after 1950 and were only completed by 1970, so we would expect few churches of revolutionary and un-beautiful design until after the Second Vatican Council.