I have always been struck by the shear number of Catholic churches and parishes that were once located in the Basin that have since been closed and in many cases, their churches demolished. Prompted by a post about the demolition of St. Philomena in the Catholic Telegraph Photography Project Blog I decided to finish some of my research and post as close to a comprehensive list of lost churches and closed parishes. These include churches in the sweeping crescent from the near East End, through Downtown and Over-the-Rhine, to West End/Queensgate and including Lower Price Hill.
All Saints, East End
East Third Street near Kemper
Organized: 1837 (Have also seen 1845)
West Third near Central Avenue
Began as the Chapel of the Sisters of Mercy and eventually developed into St. Anthony of Padua in Walnut Hills
Blessed Sacrament, Lower Price Hill
2339 Wider Avenue
Original Church was on Depot Street
Holy Angels, East End
Torrence Lane near Columbia Parkway
Photo miss labeled. Moved to Grandin & Madison Roads in 1920
Holy Trinity, Downtown/Queensgate
West Fifth Street at Mound
Sacred Heart of Jesus, Downtown
St. Ann, West End
John St. between Richmond and Court Streets
Began on Longworth Street, moved to New Street, and then moved again to John Street.
St. Anthony, Queensgate
1119 Budd Street
St. Augustine, West End
923 Bank Street
St. Edward, West End
Clark and Mound Streets
Organized: 1863 (I have also seen 1864)
St. Henry, Queensgate
Flint Street near Cortlandt Street
St. John the Baptist, Over-The-Rhine
Green and Bremen (now Republic) Streets
St. Michael the Archangel, Lower Price Hill
2110 St. Michael Street
St. Patrick, Downtown
Third and Mill Streets
St. Paul, Over-the-Rhine
12th and Spring Streets
St. Philomena, Downtown
619 East Third Street
Church below on Pearl Street served parish until 1923 when they moved in to the school building located on Third after a fire.
St. Stanislaus, West End
Liberty and Cutter Streets
St. Thomas, Downtown
Sycamore Street between 5th & 6th
Original church built as Sycamore Street Baptist Church
According to the History of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 1894, it also appears that many Catholic institutions, including hospitals and convents would include a chapel and they were listed in that directory as "churches". In the Basin these includes the Chapel of the Sisters of Notre Dame, 6th Street, Downtown; the Chapel of the Sacred Heart at St. Mary’s Hospital, Betts and Linn Streets, West End; and the Chapel of the Convent of St. Clara, Third and Lytle, Downtown. However these Chapels do not show up as a parish in any records that I have seen to date.
This list also does not include St. Joseph of Nazareth, Over-The-Rhine, which was not founded until 1914 as St. Stephan. Nor does it included older parishes just beyond the Basin area that have since closed like St. George, Corryville; Holy Cross, Mt. Adams; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Sedamsville; St. Bonaventure, South Fairmount; St. Patrick, Northside; and St. Pius, South Cumminsville.
History of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 1894
Endres, David J. Profiles of Roman Catholic Parishes in Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Historic photos from Library’s Cincinnati Memory Project.