Once again, this is a church that no longer exists, on lots that no longer exist. St. Paul the Apostle sat at 15th and V Streets NW. It’s campus was on Square 203, lots 800, 801, 802, 803, 806, 807, & 808. The only one of those lots that still exists is 806.
Maybe in the future I will look into when the diocese decided to close or rename it, as St. Augustine sits there now.
St. Augustine is a primarily African American Church. St. Paul was a majority White church, though there is mention that Blacks attended mass in the 1957 church survey.
St. Paul the Apostle’s 1957 demographic information leaves much to be desired. The membership was around 1200 but what were their occupations? Eh, mainly the government. What was the age range? Eh, middle aged? What the heck is 1957 middle aged? It changes depending on how long people live. The geographic info is based on parish boundaries, which most people these days ignore (myself included). The boundary for St. Paul the Apostle was 20th St NW (a bit of Dupont/ Adams Morgan), Girard St NW, 7th St NW, and Q St NW.
Anyway, here’s the 1957 survey page:
CS-56-St Paul the Apostile by Mm Inshaw
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There’s a nice history on St. Augustine’s website: https://saintaugustine-dc.org/history
Essentially, St. Paul was a majority-white church at 15th and V; St. Augustine was a majority-Black church at 15th and S; the two parishes were merged in the 1960s, and consolidated into the 15th and V church at a later date. Eventually, the 15th and S property was sold, and the church at 15th and V was renamed St. Augustine. Thanks for you blog posts on the history of the area!
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