Gothic Revival brick & stucco church built in 1844
St.James Episcopal Church
Photo taken by Richard Doody in 1989
The present Gothic Revival church with its black walnut ceiling and open-timbered roof support was completed in November 1844. The 140 year old church was devastated by a fire on June 10, 1984 but most items in the sacristy and altar area were spared. However, the bell, the organ, all but one stained glass window, most of the memorial wall plaques, the carpeting, and many of the pews were lost or damaged beyond repair. The church has since been restored to its 1844 architectural splendor.
St. James’ Church is best known through the membership of the Roosevelt family. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his family worshiped here, and he was actively involved in the parish as both Vestryman and Senior Warden, even during his presidency. On June 11, 1939, King George the VI and Queen Elizabeth visited the church with President and Mrs. Roosevelt. Eleanor Roosevelt’s funeral here in 1962 was attended by President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy and former Presidents Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower, and future President Lyndon B. Johnson.