St. Stephen’s Protestant Episcopal Church
William Strickland (1822-23)
St. Stephen’s Church is the only surviving example of architect William Strickland’s Gothic style. When it was built, its Gothic Revival design was unique and marked the wane of the popular neo-Classical style.
The church contains outstanding examples of religious art, including a Venetian glass altar-piece depicting the Last Supper and three Tiffany stained-glass windows on the south wall.
Incidentally, the Church was built on the site of Benjamin Franklin’s famous kite and lightning experiment.
St. Stephen’s is located on Tenth Street, between Market and Chestnut, in Center City. It’s a short walk from City Hall, the Avenue of the Arts, the Convention Center and Market East. For service times and more information, visit St. Stephen’s website.
Another famous Philadelphia architect worked on St. Stephen’s more than 50 years after Strickland completed it. Frank Furness added the north transept and vestry room in the late 1870s.
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