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January 2017 - San Antonio TX
We stumbled upon this church as we headed to the Alamo.
The St. Joseph Catholic Church is a Roman Catholic parish church in downtown San Antonio. The Gothic Revival house of worship was the fourth Catholic parish in the city.
The church is an example of what the Chinese describe as a nail house; when the church refused to sell to a property developer a large shopping mall was constructed around it.
Here is a photo from Wikipedia to show an aerial view.
The church occupies the probable second site of the Missión San Antonio de Valero (later known as the Alamo), before it was moved in 1724 to its present location. The cornerstone of the church was laid in 1868, and it was finally completed in 1871.It served a large and growing community of German immigrants. In the 1870s, Friar Henry Pfefferkorn, founder of the Liederkranz (male singing choir), painted the Annunciation and Assumption murals on the side altars. A steeple was added in 1898.
Stained glass windows, imported from the Emil Frei Art Glass Factory in Munich, Germany, were installed in 1902.