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The St. David's Episcopal Church is located in downtown Austin, TX at 7th and San Jacinto streets.
The church dates back to 1847 and boasts some twenty stained-glass windows, dating from 1876 to 1969. The Italian-marble altar dates from 1900 with many other chairs, credance, and choir stalls date from the 1880s. The pulpit dates from 1869. It was said that for many years this was the largest Episcopal church west of the Mississippi river.
St. David's was the Mansbendel family's home church. Peter and Clo along with their children were active members with them both singing in the choir. Peter carved a beautiful prayer bench in 1916 (now located in the small chapel) and a Gothic limestone altar located in the main chapel. There is also a carved mahogany plaque dedicated the Peter's daughter. (Valerie Mansbendel Williams) It was carved by one of Peter's apprentices Victor Heath.