Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 2014


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Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 2014

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Cathedral Church of St. Luke


Orlando (Fla.)
Episcopal Church--Florida


The Cathedral Church of St. Luke, located at 130 North Magnolia Avenue in Dowtown Orlando, Florida, in 2014. The church was founded in 1867 by Francis W. Eppes (1801-1881), the nephew of Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826). The congregation originally worshipped in a log cabin and services were conducted by Eppes, despite his status as a layman.

In October 1882, William Crane Gray (1835-1919) was elected and consecrated as the first bishop of the Missionary Jurisdiction of South Florida, which included Central Florida and Orlando, at the time. A new church building for St. Luke's was erected under Reverend C. W. Ward during that same year. The building was enlarged in 1884, and again in 1903. On March 31, 1902, Bishop Gray designated St. Luke's as the official Cathedral Church for South Florida and appointed Reverend Lucien A. Spencer as the cathedral's first dean. In 1922, the cathedral building was relocated to make room for a new cathedral designed by Frohman, Robb, and Little of Boston, Massachusetts. During that same year, the Missionary Jurisdiction of South Florida was admitted to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church as the Diocese of South Florida. On April 13, 1925, Bishop Cameron Mann laid the cornerstone. However, as the land bust struck Florida in 1926, the building remained only partially constructed and a temporary wall was built to seal the altar side of the church.

Over the years, the building has received a number of structural additions and renovations, including an educational unit memorializing members of the congregation who died serving in World War II; the Chapter House erected in the 1950s; the renovation of the cathedral nave, the erection of the choir gallery over the narthex, and the installation of a 88-rank pipe organ in the early 1970s; and the removal of the temporary wall and the competition of the building's original design during 1986 and 1987. In 1970, the Diocese of South Florida was divided into three smaller dioceses; St. Luke's became the Cathedral Church for the Diocese of Central Florida.


Williams, Rachel


Original color digital images by Rachel Williams, July 24, 2014.

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Orlando Remembered Collection, Orlando Collection, Orange County Collection. RICHES of Central Florida.




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Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Downtown Orlando, Florida

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Originally created by Rachel Williams.

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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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Cepero, Laura

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External Reference

Cathedral Church of Saint Luke (Orlando, Fla.). Centennial Book of the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Orlando, Florida, 1874-1974. Orlando, Fla: Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 1974.
"Detailed History." Cathedral Church of Saint Luke.
Cathedral Church of St. Luke (Orlando, Florida; Episcopal). Church Records and History, 1900-1992. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1993.
Wilder, Beatrice. Diocese of Central Florida Churches One Hundred Years Old and More...Through 1993. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1993.
Bentley, George R. The Episcopal Diocese of Florida, 1892-1975. Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 1989.
Cushman, Joseph D. A Goodly Heritage: The Episcopal Church in Florida, 1821-1892. Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 1965.

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Williams, Rachel, “Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 2014,” RICHES, accessed April 24, 2024,