St. Paul the Apostle Church (Mechanicville, New York)

St. Paul the Apostle Church is a historic Catholic church in the city of Mechanicville, New York, United States of America. It is presently part of the parish of All Saints on the Hudson.

Saint Paul the Apostle Church
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Saint Paul the Apostle Church is located in New York
Saint Paul the Apostle Church
Saint Paul the Apostle Church
42°54′22.9″N 73°41′4.3″W / 42.906361°N 73.684528°W / 42.906361; -73.684528Coordinates: 42°54′22.9″N 73°41′4.3″W / 42.906361°N 73.684528°W / 42.906361; -73.684528
Location121 North Main Street
Mechanicville, New York
CountryUnited States
DenominationCatholic
WebsiteAll Saints on the Hudson Parish
History
Founded1852 (parish)
1917 (current church)
DedicatedOctober 14, 1917
Architecture
Functional statusActive
Architect(s)Edward W. Loth
StyleGothic Revival
Years built1912 - 1917
Construction cost$200,000[1]
Specifications
Tower height146'
Tenor bell weight1900 lbs.
Administration
DioceseRoman Catholic Diocese of Albany
ParishAll Saints on the Hudson
Clergy
Bishop(s)Edward Scharfenberger
Pastor(s)Fr. George Fleming

HistoryEdit

The church is named for Saint Paul the Apostle. Its cornerstone was laid on Sunday, June 2, 1912, by Bishop Thomas M. A. Burke,[2] and it was dedicated on Sunday, October 14, 1917, by Bishop Thomas F. Cusack.[3]

ArchitectureEdit

The present edifice was designed in the Gothic revival style by the architect, Edward W. Loth,[3] of Troy, New York. The church is in the cruciform shape, with an overall length of 148', and an overall width of 98' across the transepts. The tower stands at 146', and the front gable stands at 79' from grade to apex.[3]

ExteriorEdit

The church is a steel and masonry structure clad with Potsdam sandstone in a random ashlar pattern. The trim work is of cast stone, made using the crushings of the aforementioned sandstone.[3]

InteriorEdit

The walls are typically of plaster on lath, with a board-and-batten wainscot of oak. The ceiling employs rib vaulting, and is made from plaster, and ornamented with bas-relief with a grapevine and leaf motif. The sanctuary is illuminated by a skylight.

Stained Glass WindowsEdit

The stained glass windows were made by the Pike Glass Studio of Rochester, NY, and are reminiscent of the Munich-style of stained glass. They are typically lancet windows with wood tracery, and depict events from the life of Saint Paul.

Stations of the CrossEdit

The Stations of the Cross are of plaster, and were made by the Joseph Sibbel Studio of New York City. The niches are highly decorated, and feature a canopy with a central crocketed spire, cusped tracery, and flanking pinnacles. The figures were modeled from live subjects, and are a combination of high and low relief.[4]   

BellEdit

The bell was manufactured by the Meneely & Kimberly foundry of Troy, NY, in the year 1872. It is a bronze bell weighing approximately 1900 lbs. and was moved from the previous edifice to the present church on Tuesday, July 15, 1919. The inscription is in Latin and reads "Uni Trinoque Deo, in Honorem, B. V. M. [Beata Virgo Maria] De Consolatione, SS. Augustini et Monica, Congregatio S. Pauli Apost, Mechanicville, Dicavit, Anno Dni [Domini] 1872 Philippo Izzo, O.S.A. [Ordo Sancti Augustini], Parocho" (in English "To the Triune God, in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Consolation, Saints Augustine and Monica, and the Congregation of Saint Paul the Apostle, Mechanicville, dedicated in the year of our Lord, 1872, by Philip Izzo, Order of Saint Augustine, Pastor").[5]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Notes from the Stone Fields: Limestone and Sandstone". Stone. Vol. XXXVIII. New York, NY: Stone Publishing Company. January–December 1917.
  2. ^ "Corner Stone of New Catholic Church Laid Sunday". Hudson Valley Times. Vol. XXI. Mechanicville, NY: Frank B. Tucker. June 6, 1912.
  3. ^ a b c d "Imposing St. Paul's Church Dedicated by Bishop Cusack". Hudson Valley Times. Vol. XXVI. Mechanicville, NY: Frank B. Tucker. October 18, 1917.
  4. ^ Tucker, Frank B. (May 18, 1916). "St. Paul's Magnificent Church Used at Confirmation Today". Hudson Valley Times. XXIV.
  5. ^ "Church Bell Removed". Hudson Valley Times. Mechanicville, NY: Frank B. Tucker. July 17, 1919.