St Paul’s History II: Vintage St. Paul’s

Vintage Postcard Shows St Paul’s

Vintage 1 A picture of the first St Paul’s church building was included on a vintage post postcard titled “Brookings SD, The City of Churches.” Our early church was really “on the move.” Yes, early St Paul’s did grow and did influence the community, but the church building was actually moved from the corner of 6th Street and 7th Avenue (just a block away from our current location) to 5th Street and 5th Avenue, a move of 2 blocks that put the church closer to Main Street.
We take pride in the fact that the prestigious Boston firm named Cram and Ferguson designed our current church building and rectory. Ralph Adams Cram, a famous architect, produced many collegiate (e.g. US Military Academy, Princeton, MIT, University of the South, Rice, Sweet Briar) and ecclesiastical works in a neo-Gothic style (e.g. part of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NY; Church of John the Evangelist, St Paul, MN; St Mark’s Cathedral, Hastings and First Presbyterian Church, Lincoln, NB). When his picture was on the cover of Time Magazine in 1926, Cram was described as “the most influential Episcopal layman in the country.” Records at St Paul’s credit Rev. Paul Roberts, a Connecticut Priest who served St Paul’s from 1912 – 1919, with securing Cram’s services for perhaps his smallest ecclesiastical project – St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brookings South Dakota.

Vintage 2


The picture shows St Paul’s church on the 20th Anniversary (1918 – 1938). The church is much taller than the trees surrounding it. In 2009 one of these elm trees was removed because of Dutch elm disease.

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