The early churches of Louisiana hold a special place in the hearts and minds of their surrounding communities. These historic structures impart a sense of peace, solace and inspiration that comes not only from their years of spiritual service to their parishioners, but also the character of the communities that have served these churches for generations.
Friends of St. Paul Church, Inc. is dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the historic St. Paul Church building located in Bayou Goula, Louisiana. In September of 2009, the vacant St. Paul Church located on the historic River Road was severely damaged by Hurricane Gustav. In response to imminent demolition of the 140-year-old building, Friends of St. Paul Church, Inc. was established as a non-profit, non-denominational, non-affiliated organization which purchased the building & lot in November 2010. Its mission to restore and revitalize this architectural asset will ensure that the structure remains a useful resource to the community and a testament to its past. Sustainability of the structure will result from the Bayou Goula community and surrounding area’s utilization of the building for cultural, educational and community events.
Louisiana has relatively few nineteenth century church buildings remaining. If we lose these buildings, we have lost a tangible view of the past. St. Paul Church, built in 1871, is considered to be an example of a carpenter, folk version of Gothic Revival style with features including pointed arches and multiple shaft columns. Its worn floors, wooden pews, and simplistic style allow one to understand the characteristics that molded the original Bayou Goula community.
Bayou Goula is located on the Mississippi River in Louisiana’s Iberville Parish 70 miles north of New Orleans and 24 miles south of Baton Rouge. Current demographic data shows the 10-mile rural radius to be economically-disadvantaged. Restoration of this 144-year old neighborhood building brings a sense of community heritage while providing a sustainable venue for cultural, educational and community events.
Bayou Goula is one of two oldest European settlements in present-day Louisiana. . Only a shadow of its former importance, this community’s port was once second only to New Orleans as an entrance into the Louisiana Purchase territory. St. Paul Church was immersed in the community’s role in the early development of Iberville Parish and Louisiana.
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