|W. Short St. Campus, Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic School - Lexington, Ky.|
|Sanborn Map (1907); Source: KDL|
This visual approach was a positive change for the parish as the building previously had no set-back as can be seen on the 1907 Sanborn insurance map of Lexington.
|Am. Arch. & Architecture, v. 103|
|State College Annual Report to the Governor, 1903/04|
A parochial school, however, did exist on the site before the erection of St. Paul's. In fact, St. Paul's was preceded by St. John's Male Academy which was begun by a Mr. Lamb in 1867. In 1887, the sisters of Charity of Nazareth took over the school and renamed it St. Paul's. A late twentieth-century merger with neighboring parish school St. Peter's created the Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic School.
|Lucille Caudille Theatre|
Today, nearly 500 students in grades one through eight learn in this modern environment that embraces its historic roots. First floor classrooms retained original hardwood flooring, tall ceilings and enormous windows. A cross in the hallway is made up of tiles painted with student self-portraits; the tiles themselves were from the church's old baptistry. But even before the renovation, this wonderful institution was in 2006 properly recognized as a Blue Ribbon School.
For more photos from Sts. Peter and Paul, check out flickr.
|St. Paul's Catholic Church & Sts. Peter & Paul School - Lexington, Ky.|
The Bluegrass Trust for Historic Preservation hosts a monthly deTour for young professionals (and the young-at-heart) to a local historic site that has been well-preserved and restored - the group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Details are always available on Facebook! Our next meeting is this Wednesday, February 1, 2011. Please join us outside the Lexington History Museum (the old courthouse) where we will have the opportunity to get a behind the scenes tour! Join us!! You can see Kaintuckeean write-ups on previous deTours by clicking here.