Sunday, January 10, 1999

Verdin saves church building

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        St. Paul's Catholic Church, Reading Road at Pendleton Street, was built in 1850, the same year as St. Paul's German Evangelical Church. Fire in 1899 left the Catholic church with only its outer walls and stained-glass windows. Rebuilt in 1900, it was modernized by Cincinnati architect Samuel Hannaford with a new facade and tower topped with a golden cupola that was visible from the surrounding hills.

        In 1981, the church was threat ened with demolition until the Verdin Co. purchased the building from the city for $10. After a $1 million renovation, including the restoration of all the murals and stained-glass windows, it was reopened as the Verdin Bell and Clock Museum and offices of the Verdin Co.

        The restored complex also includes the parish boys' school, girls' school, convent and the 1803 Pendleton house.


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