The Church of St. Alban, Roxborough is a parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania in the Roxborough neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1859 as a chapel of ease of St. David's Episcopal Church in Manayunk, initially with a dedication to St. Peter. The cornerstone for the church building was laid on September 15, 1860, and the church was consecrated by Bishop William Bacon Stevens on January 14, 1862, as his first official episcopal act, having himself been consecrated to the episcopate six days earlier. Its architect was Alfred Byles, who also designed the Fifth Baptist Church at the corner of Eighteenth and Spring Garden in Philadelphia.
|Church of St. Alban the Martyr|
|St. Alban's Episcopal Church|
|Location||532 Fairthorne Ave.|
|Dedication||St. Alban the Protomartyr of England|
|Earlier dedication||St. Peter|
|Consecrated||January 14, 1862|
|Groundbreaking||September 15, 1860|
|Completed||October 13, 1861|
During the twentieth century, St. Alban's was nicknamed "Roxborough's Little Church Around the Corner," a reference to the Church of the Transfiguration in New York City as a small and uncharacteristically open parish.
The tracker action organ at St. Alban's is Hook & Hastings Opus 1750 from 1897. Several of the church's stained glass windows are by Paula Himmelsbach Balano (1877-1967), a German-American church artist working in a medium uncommon for women at the time of her installations. The sanctuary is designed to accommodate ad orientem celebration.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Alban's began and maintained a regimen of daily Morning Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer broadcast on Facebook. The parish is a supporter of the St. James School at the former Church of St. James the Less in East Falls. It is part of the Wissahickon Deanery of the Diocese of Pennsylvania.
Notable parishioners and clergyEdit
- Official parish website
- Pipe organ database
- Parish History of the Church of St. Alban, Roxborough (1859-1949) from Philadelphia Studies
- Study of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania: Church of St. Alban, Roxborough (1964) from Philadelphia Studies
- Parish Profile of the Church of St. Alban, Roxborough (1978) from Philadelphia Studies
- The Annals of St. David's, Manayunk
- Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania