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Unitarian Church of the Messiah, northwest corner of Ninth and Olive Streets.

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Identifier: N39188

Title: Unitarian Church of the Messiah, northwest corner of Ninth and Olive Streets.

Description: Unitarian Church of the Messiah, northwest corner of Ninth and Olive Streets. To the right of the church, on the northeast corner, is the Edward Chase residence (before 1859). The first Unitarian Church west of the Mississippi was founded in St. Louis in 1835 by William Greenleaf Eliot. Eliot, a Harvard Divinity school graduate, brought his Unitarian message to St. Louis for the next 39 years, only retiring from his ministry to become Chancellor of what is now Washington University in St. Louis, a school that Eliot helped found in 1853. By 1851 Eliot’s Church had grown to 1200 members and in 1868 saw the need to build a second Unitarian church, the Church of the Unity. Eliot and his congregation were very active in the St. Louis community, taking an active part to help found the St. Louis Art Museum, establish St. Louis Public Schools, The Social Health League, and the St. Louis Urban League. When Ralph Waldo Emerson visited St. Louis in the early 1850 he called Eliot the “saint of the West.” The Unitarian Church in St. Louis continued to thrive even after Eliot’s death in 1887, and in 1938, the two congregations merged to form the Church of the Messiah.

Rights: UND

Place: United States
Missouri
St Louis

Dates: 1865

Type(s): Photograph
Image

Maker/Creator: Hoelke and Benecke

Subjects: Hoelke and Benecke
horizontal
black and white
outdoors
Downtown (Saint Louis, MO)
Olive Street
Ninth Street
Church of the Messiah
Unitarian churches
church
Edward Chase
residence
spire
Public architecture
Religion
Architecture, Domestic
St. Louis Street Scenes

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