Cathedral Church of the Advent (Birmingham, Alabama)

The Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, Alabama, is the see church of the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama. On March 30, 1983, the structure was added to the National Register of Historic Places as the Episcopal Church of the Advent.

Episcopal Church of the Advent
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The church in 2006
Location2017 6th Avenue North (at 20th Street)
Birmingham, Alabama
Coordinates33°31′9″N 86°48′30″W / 33.51917°N 86.80833°W / 33.51917; -86.80833Coordinates: 33°31′9″N 86°48′30″W / 33.51917°N 86.80833°W / 33.51917; -86.80833
ArchitectCharles Wheelock
Architectural styleGothic
NRHP reference No.83002972 [1]
Added to NRHPMarch 30, 1983
For other places of worship named Advent, see Church of the Advent (disambiguation).


The parish church of the Advent was established in 1872, one year after the founding of the city of Birmingham, and was one of the first churches built in the new city. The first building on this site was completed in 1873, but was destroyed by fire on November 24, 1892. The current structure was already underway at that date. It was designed by Wheelock, Joy, and Wheelock, was occupied in the fall of 1893, with the tower and portico undergoing construction until 1895. The cathedral is known for its prominent location on Twentieth Street North near Linn Park, as well as for the reputation of its music program. It was not until 1982 that the Church of the Advent became a cathedral, when the Diocese of Alabama selected the church as its seat.[2]


The congregation undertook a major project to preserve the Scioto sandstone exterior of the Cathedral between 1999 and 2005. During this same period the Rector's Garden was redesigned to improve drainage and accommodate a columbarium and the belltower was refitted for a carillon of fifteen bells, cast by Fonderie Paccard of Lac d'Annecy, France. In both 2005 and 2012, readers of the Birmingham News named the cathedral choir "Best Church Choir". Today, the Church of the Advent comprises nearly 4,000 members, making it one of the ten largest Episcopal churches in the United States.[2] The current Dean of the Cathedral is the Very Reverend Andrew C. Pearson, Jr.[3] The cathedral campus is also home to the Advent Episcopal Day School.[4] Carpenter House, the headquarters building for the Diocese of Alabama, is connected to the cathedral building by a cloister.

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  2. ^ a b "Our Parish: History". Cathedral Church of the Advent. Archived from the original on 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2014-02-25.
  3. ^ "Our Clergy". Cathedral Church of the Advent. Retrieved 2014-02-25.
  4. ^ "Advent At A Glance". Advent Episcopal School. Retrieved 2014-02-25.

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