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St. Alphonsus

2025 Constance St, St. Andrews, New Orleans, LA 70130-5003
+1 504-524-8116
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We were out walking, impatiently waiting for a Vietnamese place to open because I was dead set on... read more

Reviewed 3 April 2017
Florence, AL
The Way a Church used to Look

Here is church gong under construction, even with everything going on. This is a beautiful church... read more

Reviewed 26 March 2017
Wayne H
Spring Hill, Florida
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St. Alphonsus, located at 2025 Constance Street, was originally built in 1855 by the Redemptorist Fathers to serve the religious and social needs of the Irish Catholic immigrants who began settling in an area upriver from the French Quarter known as Lafayette City in the 1840s. It was one of a number of buildings forming a religious complex that once occupied five adjacent city blocks. Often referred to as "Ecclesiastical Square", the complex included an orphanage, nine school buildings, a gymnasium, three churches, the priests' residence and gardens, two convents, stables, a laundry and other supporting buildings. The post-World War II migration to the suburbs, in addition to the development of low-income housing within the neighborhood, diminished the church's congregation. Steadily rising operating and maintenance costs led the Redemptorists to close St. Alphonsus in the late 1970s. The Friends of St. Alphonsus (FOSA) was formed in 1990 after a small group of concerned citizens entered the abandoned church to view the splendid F. X. Zettler stained glass windows (c. 1870). Noting the serious deterioration and benign neglect of this magnificent and beautiful historic structure, Blanche Comiskey and Susan Levy successfully petitioned the Archdiocese of New Orleans to lease the building to the newly formed FOSA. Since that time, FOSA has held a number of successful fund raisers that have included concerts, auctions, and tours of the building. In 1996, the building was declared a National Historic Landmark through efforts of the Friends, helping to insure its survival. Because of the efforts of FOSA, the building has been made available to the community once again, albeit on a limited basis. Collaboration of these dedicated volunteers with other civic and private organziations has yielded a number of activities which have benefitted the community. St. Alphonsus Art and Cultural Center is located at 2025 Constance Street in New Orleans, Louisiana. Open to the public every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 pm.On-site parking is available.
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3 Apr 2017
25 Mar 2017
“The Way a Church used to Look”
2025 Constance St, St. Andrews, New Orleans, LA 70130-5003
Garden District
+1 504-524-8116
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Reviewed 3 April 2017

We were out walking, impatiently waiting for a Vietnamese place to open because I was dead set on having pho for late breakfast. For some reason I looked up and what I saw was the steeple of two churches facing off. Walked a couple blocks...More

Thank Americana29
Reviewed 26 March 2017

Here is church gong under construction, even with everything going on. This is a beautiful church! Everything from the stain glass to it's art covered ceilings. This is a site not to be missed.

Thank Wayne H
Reviewed 10 November 2015

We stumbled upon this church by reading about it in a local magazine and sought it out. Formerly a house of worship, but now a cultural center, the structure is amazing with frescoed ceilings, stained glass windows, and a lovely tile floor. The hours are...More

Thank obriens19
Reviewed 9 November 2013

St. Alphonsus is a gorgeous former Catholic Church. Too costly to repair but too beautiful to tear down. Open during limited hours, it makes an interesting stop during a stay in New Orleans. I was amazed by the gorgeous fresco ceilings, the mosaic tiled floors,...More

2  Thank Neesie818
Reviewed 24 August 2013

It also contains a museum that houses Irish, church and other personal memorabilia from the 1850's onward. It is located to the right of the main altar as you face it.

Thank stalprez
Reviewed 25 April 2013

I went to grammar school at this church. It is now decommissioned as a church but is used as a reception hall. It is still a grand building with fond memories of my childhood. I still go there from time to time. Well worth seeing.

Thank Al S
Reviewed 16 April 2013

visited here as part of the St. Joseph's Altar traditions. Beautiful old church, part of three ethnic churches built by immigrants during the 19th century

Thank IrishMom5
Reviewed 2 December 2012

We found this Irish Catholic Church by accident. We were lost. The door was open so we decided to go in. One of our best decisions. We were greeted by a very nice gentleman that gave us the history of the Irish channel and the...More

1  Thank SuzieW2
Garden District
Head to the Garden District for the full-on New
Orleans experience replete with quaintly clanking
streetcars, proudly grandiose antebellum mansions,
picture perfect avenues lined with live oaks loaded
down with Spanish moss, and a wealth of beautiful
churches and many more architectural marvels. Even a
brief excursion here makes plain why it’s called the
Garden District. So, when you visit be sure to give
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