Go Back in Time at Historic Annunciation Catholic Church

Directly across the street from the ticket booth at Minute Maid Park in Downtown Houston is a part of the historic beginnings of Houston, Texas. A jewel amongst the urban development of the city stands Annunciation Catholic Church at the corner of Texas Avenue and Crawford Street. For over 140 years this church has served the downtown community.

The 1924 Pilcher organ sounds just as it did when first installed thanks to restoration.

The 1924 Pilcher organ sounds just as it did when first installed thanks to restoration.

Houston, We Need Your Help

Under the leadership of Father Paul Felix, Annunciation Catholic Church is currently undergoing a much needed renovation. The parish of over 300 is taking on the tremendous duty of fundraising. To restore its beauty of days gone by, future plans include:

  • Renovation of the Foley House, originally part of the estate of Blanche Foley, gifted to the parish by John L. Nau, III.
  • Construction of a new rectory that will connect to the new vesting sacristy on the southeast corner of the church.
  • The addition of an approximately 960 square foot bride’s room annex.
  • Renovation to the current space to include a Visitation Chapel, Sacristy, Cry Room and Chapel to the Unborn.
  • A large outdoor plaza area between the Foley House and northeast end of the church.
No Church is Complete Without an Organ

One of the most remarkable features of the church is its 1924 Pilcher Organ. With 1,577 tin pipes the organ is fully operational and sounds just as it did as when first installed. According to Annunciation Catholic Church’s site, “Unlike most newer organs, its string pipes…are made of pure tin rather than a tin/lead alloy. (This) lends those pipes a rare ‘haunting’ quality. The pipework, rather than being recessed into chambers in the wall, is in the church itself directly over the narthex, which imbues the sound with a ‘presence’ that is rare to find now in organs of this one’s size.”

Whether you are a visitor who enjoys graceful architecture or you are a devout Catholic, Annunciation Catholic Church depends on those who are willing to help. For more information about how you can join the restoration efforts, please go to http://annunciationcc.org/