St. Luke's Episcopal Church (Atlanta)

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St. Luke's Episcopal Church
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St. Luke's Episcopal Church (2019)
St. Luke's Episcopal Church is located in Atlanta
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
St. Luke's Episcopal Church is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
St. Luke's Episcopal Church is located in the United States
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
33°45′59″N 84°23′5″W / 33.76639°N 84.38472°W / 33.76639; -84.38472Coordinates: 33°45′59″N 84°23′5″W / 33.76639°N 84.38472°W / 33.76639; -84.38472
Location435 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30308
CountryUnited States
DenominationEpiscopal Church
Previous denominationProtestant Episcopal Church in the Confederate States of America (1864)
Former namesSt. Stephen's Episcopal Church (1870–1872)
FoundedMarch 28, 1864
ConsecratedApril 22, 1864 (first building)
1906 (current building)
Architect(s)P. Thornton Marye (current building)
A. Ten Eyck Brown (current building)
Architectural typeGothic
Completed1864 (first building)
1875 (second building)
1883 (third building)
1906 (current building)
Construction cost$12,000 (first building)
DioceseEpiscopal Diocese of Atlanta
ProvinceProvince IV

St. Luke's Episcopal Church is an Episcopal church in Atlanta, Georgia. The parish was founded in 1864, with the current building on Peachtree Street constructed in 1906.


The parish of St. Luke's was organized by Charles Todd Quintard on March 28, 1864, in the midst of the American Civil War.[1] On April 22 of that year, Stephen Elliott, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia, consecrated the parish's first church building, with Quintard as its rector.[1][2] This church house, bounded by Broad Street, Walton Street, and Forsyth Street in downtown Atlanta, cost $12,000 to build and held its first church service on April 24.[1][2][3] On June 15, Quintard and Reverend John W. Beckwith hosted funeral services for Confederate major general and former Episcopal Bishop Leonidas K. Polk, who had been killed a day prior at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain.[3] Several days later, a funeral was held at the church for the infant son of Richard Peters.[3] In August, shells fired by Union forces severely damaged the building, which was later destroyed during the burning of Atlanta.[4]

The parish would be reformed on June 12, 1870 under the name St. Stephen's, in honor of Elliott. The name was reverted to St. Luke's on January 8, 1872.[5][note 1] In 1875, a new building was erected at the intersection of Spring Street and Walton Street.[1] On April 10, 1881, Bishop John W. Beckwith made St. Luke's his cathedral, the first building to ever be designated as such in the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia.[1] Financial difficulties facing St. Luke's had prompted the decision to bestow cathedral status on the parish, as Beckwith felt it would help the parish.[5] In 1883, a new cathedral was built at the intersection of Pryor Street and Houston Street, at the present-day location of the Georgia-Pacific Tower.[1][5] In 1894, the parish lost cathedral status.[1]

In 1906, the church constructed a new building on Peachtree Street, which was consecrated later that year and is currently in use by the church.[1][5] This Gothic structure was designed by P. Thornton Marye and A. Ten Eyck Brown.[6][7] The move came during a time when many churches in Atlanta were relocating to Peachtree Street, as First Methodist Church, St. Mark Methodist Church, and First Baptist Church had all relocated to Peachtree Street during the first decade of the 1900s.[8] In 1931, John M. Walker was made the rector of St. Luke's, a position he would hold until being made bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta in 1942.[9]


  1. ^ The Georgia Historical Society gives a date of January 3 for this event.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Georgia Historical Society 2015.
  2. ^ a b Clayton 1999, p. 96.
  3. ^ a b c Garrett 1969, p. 588.
  4. ^ Garrett 1969, pp. 588–589.
  5. ^ a b c d "History of St. Luke's". St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  6. ^ Craig 2012, p. 210.
  7. ^ Zimmerman 1999, p. 50.
  8. ^ Williford 1962, pp. 115–116.
  9. ^ Martin 1987, p. 175.


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