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St. Philip Episcopal Church was organized as a Mission of Trinity Church in the fall of 1891. The first service was held on November 15, 1891 in a room previously used as a saloon at the northeast corner of Cleveland Avenue and Naughten Street. The next place of worship was in Johnson’s Hall on the south side of Mt. Vernon Avenue, west of 18th Street. In September 1894, ground was broken for a new building on Lexington Avenue, and the first service in the new St. Philip Church was held on Epiphany, 1895. On June 7, 1903 St. Philip became a Diocesan Mission. On February 1, 1928, the Diocesan Convention granted St. Philip parish status.
In 1960, the site of St. Philip Church on Lexington Avenue was sold to the City of Columbus to allow for the construction of Interstate 71. While the new building was under construction, the members of St Philip met at the Beatty Center on Ohio Avenue. St. Philip held a mortgage burning service on October 21, 1976, and the Right Rev. Roger Blanchard consecrated the present complex on November 21, 1976. Ground was broken in 2011 to substantially enlarge the complex to accommodate its present needs and guarantee space for future ministries. The expansion was completed in 2013.
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