Churches worth seeing, XI
St. Paul’s Chapel, Magnolia Springs, Ala.
(Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast)
COMPLETED in 1902, this small, picturesque Carpenter Gothic church was built from pine timber cut from the land on which it now stands.
St. Paul’s has a high and sharply peaked roof, and its interior walls and ceiling are paneled in heart pine. The altar is inset with the Chi Rho and is aesthetically pleasing in its simple design. Upon completion of the chapel, a cross of magnolia leaves, which has aged to a mellow shade of brown, was hung above the chancel arch, where it has remained ever since. In 1981, a bas-relief entitled “Christ Calling the Fisherman from the Sea” was inset in the Gothic window frame behind the altar.
The Rt Revd Robert Woodward Barnwell, III bishop of Alabama, consecrated the chapel in 1902. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.