Those of you who regularly read this blog know that I’m fascinated by the 18th and 19th century architecture located in and around San Antonio. My obsession continued when we recently travelled west from San Antonio to Castroville, Texas where we were able to see St. Louis Catholic Church (610 Madrid Street).
The first mass celebrated in this lovely limestone structure took place on August 25, 1870. To this day, August 25 holds special significance in Castroville, since it is also the Feast Day of St. Louis. (For more information about the annual St. Louis Day Festival, click here.)
St. Louis Catholic Church was actually the third Catholic church to be built in Castroville. The first St. Louis Church is still in existance, just down the street from the current building. The older church was built in 1849, and is quite small and simple in design compared to its successor. Can you imagine living in Castroville in the mid-1800′s and attending services at this tiny church? It’s almost hard to believe it’s real.
This is part one in a series I’ll be writing on historic buildings in the town of Castroville, Texas. Please stay tuned for more. Coming up: the Henri Castro homestead and monument, the Landmark Inn, and the Old Highway Filling Station.