Details for Christ Episcopal Church (Atlas Number 5423007713)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5423007713


Marker Number 7713
Atlas Number 5423007713
Marker Title Christ Episcopal Church
Index Entry Christ Episcopal Church
Address 118 S. Bois de'Arc St.
City Tyler
County Smith
UTM Zone 15
UTM Easting 283280
UTM Northing 3581493
Subject Codes churches; Episcopal denomination
Marker Year 1981
Marker Location
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text The Rt. Rev. Alexander Gregg, first bishop of Texas, began missionary work with this congregation in 1866-1867. The earliest worship services were held in borrowed facilities. The first rector was Hungarian-born Emir Bela Gyeita Cardis Hamvasy, who arrived in 1872. Christ Church Parish was organized in 1874 and moved into a small church building. Plans for a larger brick structure were finalized in 1918. The Rev. Chauncey Edgar Snowden led the first services in the building on Oct. 6, 1918. Today the congregation includes descendants of the earliest parishioners.