Central Christian Church of Austin, Texas is one of the oldest churches within the City of Austin. It also boasts being one of the most centrally located churches in Austin, located downtown at 1110 Guadalupe Street, just a stone’s throw from the Texas Capitol.
Central Christian Church is built in an architectural style that is meant to pay tribute to a cathedral in Florence, Italy. It was constructed in the early 1900s to meet the needs of a group of Christians who had been meeting and worshipping together since at least the late 1800s in Austin.
I’ve photographed several weddings there and Central Christian Church always makes for spectacular wedding photography, with its high ceilings, post-renaissance Italian architecture, balcony seating and historical significance.
The Texas Historical Commission Plaque which stands outside of Central Christian Church summarizes the history of the church:
“In 1847, eight years after the City of Austin was platted, ten members of the Disciples of Christ Brotherhood met to organize this congregation. Although early records of the church are scarce, it is known that regular worship services were being held in a local school building by 1852. The Christian Church of Christ of Austin, as the congregation originally was known, acquired its first property at Eighth and Colorado Streets and worshipped at that site until moving to this location in 1929. An early dispute over theological and procedural matters split the congregation in 1888. Until 1896, when the Rev. S.D. Dutcher was appointed pastor, leader of the church were selected from among the laity. The fellowship adopted its current name during the early years of the twentieth century. After other disciples of Christ congregations had been organized in Austin. Although much growth has occurred in the outlying sections of the city. Central Christian Church has remained a vital force in the downtown area. Its ministry has included the establishment of several other congregations. As one of the oldest churches in Austin, Central Christian has provided the city with significant service and leadership.”
Find more up to date information on Central Christian Church on their website, which includes info on the recent renovations, a calendar of events and contact information.