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St. Francis Xavier Church, Philadelphia
29-JAN-2007 Michael Weinberg

St. Francis Xavier Church, Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

About the St. Francis Xavier Church
by Robert J. Moran of FAIRMOUNTONLINE.COM

The grand Romanesque structure adorning the northeast corner of 24th and Green Streets
is the oldest church in the neighborhood. Completed in 1898, this building replaced the
old church that was located at 25th and Biddle (approximately where the Art Museum steps
are today). The parish itself began in 1839.

While the building has many striking features, the tower is the most prominent. The spire
is one hundred, fifty-two feet tall. It is one of the most recognized landmarks in the
neighborhood. The stained glass windows are beautiful, especially the circular one above
the main entrance. It was given to the church as a gift from Archbishop Ryan. It's 22 feet
in diameter, and its fine stonework reminds one of lace.

The building was the victim of a fire in 1906. Luckily, most of the stone structure remained
intact and the interior was rebuilt.

The Church serves as The Oratory of Saint Philip Neri. The Oratory tries to duplicate the
beginnings of the Church through simple prayer meetings. St. Frannies (as it is called by
many) also has an active Grief Ministry.

Photo by Michael Weinberg Photography of Scranton and Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania.


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Danny Tuason08-May-2009 17:25
Very nice! Vote!
John Lee 22-Mar-2009 17:57
Fascinating. This is the church I was baptized in 60 or so years ago. Haven't lived in Philly since the late '60s.
Simon Chandler28-Jan-2009 06:31
Picture perfect with great clarity and details. v
Marijka10-May-2007 19:05
great shot of this church!! near the museum i believe??
papajim01-Feb-2007 23:51
This is exceptional. The color and clarity are fantastic. A great opportunity, fully realized. Vote
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography31-Jan-2007 20:14
Fabulous image, I like the beautiful colors and architecture.
Eldar Kadymov31-Jan-2007 18:46
Three major aspects that should not be overlooked here ( rest is striking, indeed ). Why that saint has double name and whether Xavier stands for Savior ? Why the whole perimeter of premises is protected by the wrought iron ? And, finally I can see some fingerprints on the left upper corner of the picture, it's absolutely not like you, Michael !
caveman_lee31-Jan-2007 16:11
Excellent sharpness and details. Great shot. Voted.
Dan Chusid31-Jan-2007 06:22
I'm always amazed at buildings with roofs like this.
Quite a sight and masterful job.
Azlin Ahmad31-Jan-2007 06:10
Very well composed, and fantastic detail and colour. V
soulis31-Jan-2007 05:06
A crystal clear excellently composed postcard. Voted.