St. David's Episcopal Church
301 E. Eighth, 512/610-3500
The cornerstone of St. David’s was laid in 1853 at the corner of Seventh and San Jacinto, just across the street from Texas President Mirabeau Lamar’s old house. The historic church’s musical programming is now centered in Bethell Hall, an aesthetically and acoustically pleasing worship space completed in 2001. Seating 225, it regularly serves as a SXSW venue. The church’s Austin Artist Series, held during its Sunday 11:15am service, has featured a wide array of local performers, including Michael Fracasso, Aimee Bobruk,and Gina Chavez. Free noontime chamber music concerts ameliorate lunch rush stress during Lent season.
How about a little noontime respite from the madding metrop? St. David's provides a half hour of sonic loveliness from guest musicians each Thursday in December. Thursdays, noon. Donations accepted.
- 2010: Readers Best-Kept Secret (TIE: Coffee Divine at St. David's Episcopal Church; the Sandwich Joint)
- 2010: Critics Best Downtown Place To Feel the Spirit (The Labyrinth Walk)
- 2004: Critics Best Brush-Up on Your College Degree (St. David's Episcopal Church Lectures With Michael White, Ph. D)
- 2001: Critics Best Low-impact Church Service