St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church

1529 Assembly St., Columbia, South Carolina


Saint Peter's Roman Catholic Church, Left Oblique

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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Built in 1906, St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church is primarily significant as an excellent example of Gothic Revival church architecture designed by a major regional architect. St. Peter’s is also significant as one of the most important Catholic churches in South Carolina, established in 1821 and considered the “mother church” of many congregations in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. It was designed by Frank Pierce Milburn, one of the most significant and prolific architects working in the South from the 1880s to the 1920s. Milburn, a Kentucky native, practiced throughout the Southeast, most notably in North and South Carolina. His work includes several railroad stations, several buildings at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and extensive enlargements of the South Carolina State House and the Florida State Capitol. Other notable Milburn buildings in Columbia include Union Station, the South Carolina State Dispensary Office Building, and the Columbia City Hall and Opera House (demolished). The church is constructed of locally selected dark red brick, trimmed with Bedford stone and dull glazed white terra cotta. The roof is Buckingham slate while the main doors are of cathedral oak. A cemetery dating from ca. 1840 is at the rear of the church. Listed in the National Register September 28, 1989. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 28, 1989
Reference number
Architectural style
Victorian: Gothic
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Religious structure; Cemetery
Current functions
Religious structure; Cemetery
Period of significance
Significant years
1906; 1908
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Contributing sites: 1

Update Log 

  • April 9, 2016: New photo from Joseph Hinson
  • October 20, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Street View" and Imported Photo