HERE ARE PHOTOS of Saint Mary Magdalen Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri. The parish is located about seven road miles southwest of downtown Saint Louis.
The parish dates from 1919, a building for its school was purchased in 1920, and its first church, a temporary wood frame structure, was built in 1921. Construction of this Art Deco style church started in December, 1939.
The church is in the Southampton neighborhood, near the southwestern edge of the City. It was developed in the early 20th century by an Englishman who gave the area its distinctive British street names, while it was settled by German immigrants. The area now has many immigrants from Bosnia, as well as trendy urban hipsters.
The church's modern interior, with the baptismal font seen here in front.
Crucifix over the altar.
As seen in this altar detail, the supports (stipes) for the table (mensa) have carved symbols of the Evangelists.
Tabernacle, located to the left of the altar.
On the left is a copy of the Theotokos of Vladimir — an icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary with the Christ Child — famously used in Russia for the consecration of patriarchs and tsars.
Can anyone identify the icon on the right?
Near the front entrance is this ambry, with holy oils.
Station of the Cross.
Art Deco column capital.
Pipe organ and choir loft.
Exterior door. The symbol over the door seems to represent the Washing of the Feet (John 13:5); but what is the meaning of the potted plant under the foot?
One of the stained glass windows, as viewed from the exterior, shows a lamp and a quill.
The window appears a bit fuzzy because it is covered by a thick plastic cover. Back in the early 1970s, there was an unfortunate trend of drugged-out youths smashing or shooting at stained glass windows, and very many churches subsequently covered them over with tough plastic. Because of this vandalism, many Catholic churches locked their doors — instead of remaining always open for Eucharistic adoration and other prayer. Slowly, churches are now opening up again.
The trees are blurry because it was quite windy that night. This photo, as well as the previous one, is sepia-toned, because the city-owned yellow sodium vapor streetlights that illumine this side of the church do not provide a full color spectrum. Sepia looks better than ill-looking yellow-green.
TO THE HONOR
AND THE MAGDALEN
4924 Bancroft Avenue
Saint Louis, Missouri 63109