Wedding Ceremony for Andy Serros and Helen Gentile in St. James Catholic Cathedral

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Wedding Ceremony for Andy Serros and Helen Gentile in St. James Catholic Cathedral

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Serros Wedding at St. James Cathedral


Orlando (Fla.)
Cathedrals--United States
Catholic Church--Florida
Weddings--United States


The wedding ceremony for Andy Serros and Helen Gentile at St. James Cathedral on February 7, 1950. Serros was one of the founders of Orlando Remembered. This wedding was one of the last to be held in the old St. James Church before it was rebuilt to the current building.

St. James Catholic Cathedral is located at 215 North Orange Avenue in Orlando, Florida. In 1881, Bishop John Moore (b. ca. 1834-1901) purchased a block of land bound by Orange Avenue, Magnolia Avenue, Jefferson Street, and Robinson Street. On January 23, 1887, the cornerstone of the Holy Nativity Catholic Church was set under the leadership of Father Felix P. Swembergh (d. 1887). The building was designed by Kurz and Allison's Art Studio of Chicago in the American Gothic-style and was completed in June of 1891, under the guidance of Father Joseph J. Creed, who replaced Father Swembergh after his death in October 1887. It was renamed as St. James Catholic Church the following year.

In 1889, a storm destroyed the church's roof and the City of Orlando condemned the building. The church was rebuilt in 1889 in the old Carpenter Gothic-style and seated 240. The church also had a school, St. Joseph's Academy, built in 1889. The school site is now where the Downtown Orlando Post Office is located. The building was torn down around 1950 and the new building, designed by Donovan Dean and Arthur White, was completed on January 20, 1952. In 1977, the building was designated as the diocese's cathedral due to the destruction of the St. Charles Borromeo Cathedral by fire. In July of 2009, the cathedral was closed for renovations and was re-dedicated on November 20, 2010.


Original black and white photograph, February 7, 1950: Orlando Remembered Exhibit, Regions Bank, Orlando, Florida.

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Serros, Andy
Serros, Helen Gentile

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Digital reproduction of original black and white photograph, February 7, 1950.

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Orlando Remembered Exhibit, Regions Bank, Orlando, Florida.
Orlando Remembered Collection, Orlando Collection, Orange County Collection. RICHES of Central Florida.




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St. James Catholic Cathedral, Downtown Orlando, Florida

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Donated to Orlando Remembered from Andy Serros and Helen Gentile Serros.

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Copyright to this resource is held by the Orange County Regional History Center and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

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Williams, Rachel
Cepero, Laura

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Orlando Remembered

External Reference

Bacon, Eve. Orlando: A Centennial History. Chuluota, Fla: Mickler House, 1975.
Rajtar, Steve. A Guide to Historic Orlando. Charleston, SC: History Press, 2006.
"About Us." St. James Catholic Cathedral.


February 7, 1950
From Andy & Helen Gentile Serros

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