St. James Episcopal Church

St. James Episcopal Church, often referred to as the “Red Church,” is the second oldest wood frame Episcopal church in California. Construction began in 1859 on a site donated by Caleb Dorsey at the north end of Washington Street. Funds for the building materials were also donated and the building was completed in 1860. The Reverend John Gassman, a native of Norway, served as both the architect and the first minister of St. James. The church was partially damaged by a fire in 1868, after which the steeple and west side were quickly rebuilt. The stained glass windows, unusual barrel arch eaves, and striking color combine to create one of the most original frame structures in the Gold Country.

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