St. Louis Church by Maginnis & Walsh

St. Louis Church by Maginnis & Walsh

I walk past the St. Louis Church all the time — it’s located at 29 East 8th St. in downtown Cincinnati. A couple of weeks ago, I finally wandered inside. Wow, that was long overdue!

The Italian Romanesque Revival church is striking on the outside, and the interior features a bright red vaulted ceiling. Honestly, that’s not at all what I expected as I was walking in.

St. Louis Church by Maginnis & Walsh

St. Louis Church by Maginnis & Walsh

I was raised “vaguely Catholic” and have been in many Catholic churches over the years, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen the option for a face-to-face confession. Is it common?

St. Louis Church by Maginnis & Walsh

St. Louis Church by Maginnis & Walsh

St. Louis Church by Maginnis & Walsh

Err, it’s really annoying when it seems like elements should be aligned [or completely misaligned], but they’re just a bit off. Nonetheless, gorgeous stenciling on the ceiling, lovely light fixtures and interesting mosaic work:

St. Louis Church by Maginnis & Walsh

St. Louis Church by Maginnis & Walsh

St. Louis Church by Maginnis & Walsh

The St. Louis Church opened its doors in 1928. It was designed by Maginnis & Walsh, a prominent Boston-based architecture firm responsible for tons of churches, mostly throughout New England, as well as several monasteries, parochial schools and the campuses of Boston College and Emmanuel College.

4 thoughts on “St. Louis Church by Maginnis & Walsh

  1. I’m so glad you took these photos. This is one of my favorite places downtown. Did you see the coin operated votive candles?

  2. Maybe the brass jolted my brain, but have you and your camera checked out the old post office, still in use, on Dalton, north of Union Station parking overpass? Think it’s art deco, could be wrong about that. Beautiful place.

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