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Sacred Heart 1971-1985

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Sacred Heart Cultural Center
1301 Greene Street
Augusta, GA 30901
706.826.4700
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HOURS OF OPERATION:

Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–5:00 pm
Weekends by appointment

STAFF:

Sandra Fenstermacher
Executive Director

Judy Evans
Gift Shop / Art Hall Manager

Kim Overstreet
Program Director

Rachel Gregory
Rental Coordinator

SACRED HEART CULTURAL CENTER
Celebrating history, art and architecture

The year is 1874.  Father Theodore Butler purchased a home and a lot in Augusta, Georgia, belonging to Charles Rowland for $10,000.00 to construct a building to be used as a church for the Catholic population and a school for children of all denominations.  An unpretentious Victorian structure served as a temporary facility for the church until work could begin on a larger, more significant building for the group.

ARCHITECTURE

The occasion is momentous . . . December 2, 1900.  Sacred Heart Catholic Church, built by Jesuit priests, opened its doors for worship.  Approaching and entering Sacred Heart transports one’s senses to a European village of old where the cathedral was the repository for the greatest natural talents and artistic treasures of the town.  So it is with Sacred Heart.

The first bricks were laid for Sacred Heart Church in 1897.  The church was a magnificent house of worship for over seventy years.  Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, it is an architectural masterpiece.  The building features towering twin spires, graceful arches, fifteen distinctive styles of brickwork, ninety-four stained glass windows, a barreled vaulted ceiling and intricately carved Italian marble altars.  Because of the steady move by Augustans to the suburbs, the last mass was held in Sacred Heart July 3, 1971.

The church then closed.


Conrad Schmidt restores Sacred Heart stained glass window

Through the generous commitment of the Peter S. Knox family, the facility was rescued from sixteen years of vacancy, vandalism, and near destruction.  After extensive renovations, the building was reopened in 1987 as the Sacred Heart Cultural Center. This important historic landmark serves as a unique venue for social and cultural events and is rented continuously throughout the year for weddings, concerts and civic functions.  The old Rectory building, the former Convent building and the Sacred Heart School building house the administrative offices of local arts groups and other non-profit organizations, including the Greater Augusta Arts Council, Augusta Ballet, Choral Society, Children’s Chorale, Symphony Orchestra Augusta, the Augusta Players, CSR Girls Scouts and the Red Cross.

CULTURAL OUTREACH

Sacred Heart offers the community a wide range of cultural opportunities.  Choral concerts, art exhibits, Christmas events, silent movies and an annual garden festival fill the center with beauty and energy.  Tours, both guided and self-led, take place daily, and the courtyard serves as a peaceful place to rest and take in the building’s exterior beauty.  Visitors explore the building eager to learn about its history, art and architecture.  People from all over the world visit Sacred Heart each year.  From the magical moments they spend here, it is easily seen that the rewards of this preservation effort are rich and varied.

Location

Sacred Heart Cultural Center
1301 Greene Street
Augusta, GA 30901
706.826.4700
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Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm

Weekends open by appointment

Guided tours are available.
Contact for details.

Virtual Tour and some images provided by Steve Bracci Photography

Staff

Sandra Fenstermacher
Executive Director

Rachel Gregory
Rental Coordinator

Judy Evans
Gift Shop / Art Hall Manager

Kim Overstreet
Program Director