“Built on the Rock, the Church Shall Stand”

“Built on the Rock, the church shall stand
even when steeples are falling”

So begins an old hymn, and on this Easter Sunday we can count among our blessings the preservation of two buildings that still stand to evoke a bygone era of river baptisms, brush arbor revivals, and “the little brown church in the vale.”

wooden st paul wideSt. Paul Lutheran Church on Cannon Street on the near South Side was built in 1919 and housed a German-speaking congregation until the early 1950s. The building now houses a law firm.

wooden st paul 1922Ireland Street is now Cannon Street.

The old church building on Cannon Street has interesting neighbors. Within one block are the 1904 Maxwell-Liston Queen Anne house at 712 May Street, a 1905 Daverman planbook house at 708 May Street, the 1905 William Monnig house at 312 West Leuda Street, and the 1910 William Graham house with former grocery store (circa 1920) at 401 West Leuda.
Some views of the St. Paul Lutheran Church building:

wooden st paul steeple topwooden st paul woodworkwooden st paul steeple longwooden st paul skinny windowwooden st paul flagwooden st paul east windowswooden st paul east sidewooden st paul big windowwooden st paul basement windows

And below is the sanctuary of Church of Christ the King & All Saints’ on Lackland Road:

wooden king left sideThe building was built in 1907 as the First Methodist Church of Buckner in Parker County. After its service as a church, the building served as a hay barn for nineteen years.

In 1975 the wooden building was sawed into five sections, moved to Fort Worth, and reassembled. In 1976 the building was restored and resumed its life as a church.
Some views of Church of Christ the King & All Saints’:

wooden king right sidewooden king wellwooden king steeple topwooden king steeple longwooden king stainedwooden king skinny windowwooden king railingwooden king porchwooden king organwooden king interiorwooden king flowerswooden king cloisterwooden king centeredwooden king latch

Happy Easter!

(Thanks to members of Church of Christ the King & All Saints’ for their hospitality.)

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2 Responses to “Built on the Rock, the Church Shall Stand”

  1. Ramiro Garza says:

    That Christ the King Episcopal Church is my idea of a church building, as opposed to the ones I see on tv, ha. I think I read a Lackland Street address. Is that on the near Southside also? I really liked the pews.

    • hometown says:

      Great building. It’s in west FW north of Camp Bowie and just east of the old Z. Boaz course.

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