Kentucky Historical Society
New Historical Marker Commemorates St. Paul Catholic Church in Lexington

Press Release Date:  Friday, October 30, 2015  
Contact Information:  Becky Riddle
502-564-1792, ext. 4474

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 30, 2015) – The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will dedicate a new historical marker that commemorates St. Paul Catholic Church in Lexington. The unveiling will take place on Nov. 12 ─ the 150th anniversary of the date the church’s cornerstone was laid in 1865. It will start at 11 a.m., at 425 W. Short St., following the opening mass for the church’s 150th Jubilee observance.

The marker tells a brief history of the church – from its 1868 consecration to the parish’s division in 1909 as a result of substantial growth – and describes some of its architectural features. When it was built, the Gothic Revival structure boasted the tallest bell tower in the city (210 feet). The church added clocks from Boston in 1883, and G.C. Riordan – the oldest documented continuously operating stained glass makers in the United States – designed and manufactured its 12 single-panel stained glass windows.

The church is on the National Register of Historic Places.

More than 2,400 historical markers statewide tell Kentucky’s history. More information about the marker application process, a database of markers and their text and the Explore Kentucky History app, a virtual tour of markers by theme, is at KHS administers the Kentucky Historical Marker Program in cooperation with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.


The Kentucky Historical Society, an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, was established in 1836 and is committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky’s history. KHS is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. For more information about KHS and its programs, visit