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All Saints Memorial Church

A Gothic Revival Church

Providence was once a city of churches. All Saints' Memorial Church is one of the last of the religious communities that grew on “Christian Hill” in the 19th century. Within a stone’s throw were the Stewart Street Baptist Church, the High Street Congregational Church, the Union Congregational Church, as well as the Second Free Will Baptist Church and Mt. Zion AME Church, two anchors of the African-American community that grew here. All Saints’ Episcopal congregation was originally formed as St. Andrew’s in 1846 but relocated here in 1868 with a new name to honor Bishop John P.K. Henshaw, the first independent Bishop of Rhode Island. Edward Tuckerman Potter's Gothic Revival design was left without a tower due to financial difficulties. The exquisite interior features elaborate woodwork and remarkable stained glass windows, including the Sanctuary Window (c. 1875) over the altar by the Henry E. Sharpe Company of New York. Today's congregation embraces the diversity of the neighborhood, including many from Providence’s strong Liberian community.

Images

All Saints Memorial Church This is a 19th century image of All Saints Memorial Church, when Stewart Street bounded its western side and the Union Club was to its east. Source: Rhode Island Collection, Providence Public Library.
Stained Glass in All Saints Memorial Church The exquisite Sanctuary Window was completed in 1875 by the Henry E. Sharpe Company of New York. Source: Nicholas Millard Private Collection
Boys Choir of All Saints Memorial Church All Saints' Memorial Church featured an historic and nationally recognized boys choir. Famous tenor and movie star Nelson Eddy grew up singing the All Saints' choir.

Location

674 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

Metadata

Taylor M. Polites, “All Saints Memorial Church,” Rhode Tour, accessed February 7, 2023, https://rhodetour.org/items/show/176.