St. James House of Prayer
St. James House of Prayer
All Trades Historical Restoration is honored to be chosen to restore St. James House of Prayer Episcopal Church.
The historic church was erected in 1922 and dedicated in February, 1923. The Gothic Revival church includes a tower, battlements, and stained glass windows. SJHOP is so unique in the fact that it was built with 16-inch-thick (410 mm) concrete walls on the interior, and exterior walls composed entirely of flint rock, stacked with mortar. The rocks were collected from the bottom of the Hillsborough River however, the rocks did not occur there naturally. The rocks came from all around the world aboard the sailing ships of centuries past, and wound up in Tampa as the ships discarded ballast from their hulls. Because of the amazing stonework, the building is occasionally referred to as “The Rock Church.”
The original St. James Episcopal was organized in 1892 as an Anglican Episcopal Church for the city’s community. At that time, many Bahamian and Cuban immigrants were arriving in Tampa to work in the cigar industry.
What Our Clients Say
I have never hesitated to recommend their company; indeed, I frequently have done so and will continue to.
Your solution was so original that you received an Award of Merit for Preservation... Your repair and restoration work... has allowed me to brag that since 1915 our 100-year-old building has never been in better shape!
Susan Hill Pieper
Paulding County Carnegie Library
The owner, Mrs. Cassie Gardner is very professional and excellent to work with... She took the time to communicate the project status and... The project was completed by the due date and the project remained within budget.
Greater Bethel M.B. Church, Inc. Trustee Chairman
I can personally attest positively to their bold of handling the efforts involved in attaining very positive results in our restoration process. I was very much pleased.
Samuel J. Hemingway
Liaison, Bethel AME Church
Entrusting our heirloom to All Trades has been a blessing for our community of faith. Without reservation we recommend their care for antiquities worth preserving for future generations.
The Rev. Roy Tuff, Rector
Good Shepherd Episcopal Church and School
The supervision and tradesmen
supplied by All Trades was some of the best I have ever worked
with and I would gladly recommend them on any historical
Lakeland Terrance Hotel
If ever we need any work on any of our buildings, we will make our first call to All Trades. We found Cassie Gardner to be most knowledgeable as to how to solve our problems. A very professional company.
Larry D. Clem
Property Manager, Church of the Ascension
We have been very pleased with the outcome of the project and we will continue to use All Trades for the next phases of our building restoration!
Jim Zinner and Cynthia Morselli
First United Methodist Church, Plant City
We are very impressed with the quality of work and proud of the finished product... The workers did not just do a “job” but, rather, were passionate about their work... We could not be more pleased...
Johnson County Commissioners
William Gabel, John Marr, Charles Kavanaugh
The latest project was a year-long restoration of our brick, mortar, and cast stone. This 97-year-old 60,000+ square foot building demands constant maintenance and the flexibility, knowledge, attention to detail and thoughtful project management that All Trades offers, along with Cassie’s incredible enthusiasm makes a sizable project seem to go smoothly and the building well cared for.
Facilities Manager, First United Methodist Church