St. Alphonsus Church (French: Église Saint-Alphonse) is a historic former church building at 2029 Constance Street in New Orleans, Louisiana. Completed in 1857, it is one of the few surviving national examples of a richly multi-colored church interior predating the 1870s, and a high quality example of ecclesiastical Italianate architecture It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1996 for its architectural significance. It is now home to the St. Alphonsus Art and Cultural Center.Description and historyThe former St. Alphonsus Church is located in New Orleans' Irish Channel neighborhood, on the north side of Constance Street, between St. Andrew and Josephine Streets. It has a complex and richly-decorated symmetrical façade, with a central entrance area flanked by two square towers topped by crosses. The façade is ornamented with pilasters, corbelled brick panels, and niches in which statues are mounted. The interior is also richly ornamented and has a coved plaster ceiling which have been painted with artwork by Dominique Canova. Its stained glass windows are Bavarian in origin, coming from F. X. Zettler. The floors are covered in mosaic tile.Completed in 1857, St. Alphonsus served as a Roman Catholic church for the Irish Catholic community of the Lower Garden District section of the city. (Other churches nearby served the Francophone and Germanic Catholic communities, including St. Mary's Assumption Church, the church built across the street for the German Catholic community). After church parishes were merged, St. Alphonsus was closed in 1979. In the 1980s it was taken over by a local community group and now serves a community center.A visit to St. Alphonsus represents just the start of the adventure when you use our New Orleans road trip website to plot your vacation.
Create an itinerary including St. Alphonsus
St. Alphonsus Reviews
We truly enjoyed our visit to St. Alphonsus. A couple of kind gentlemen gave us a tour and shared the unique history of this beautiful church. The stained glass windows are exquisite. It's a wonderful... more »
While spending time on Magazine Street in the Garden District we notice a couple church steeples a block or so off to main street. We found St Alphonsus and St Mary's. St Alphonsus has been closed and... more »
Plan your trip to New Orleans
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
View all >
View all >
Hidden gems in New Orleans
Side trips from New Orleans
View all >
Nearby attractions in New Orleans
Plans to St. Alphonsus by other users
29 days in New Orleans BY A USER FROM BRAZIL January, popular sights PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 31 days in New Orleans BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 36 days in San Francisco & New Orleans BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: April, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 34 days in New Orleans BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular sights PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 30 days in New Orleans BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 31 days in New Orleans BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium