Kentucky Historical Society
New Historical Marker Commemorates St. Paul Catholic Church in Lexington
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 history.ky.gov/markers.
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 history.ky.gov.