St. Peter's, Red Bluff, Marks 125 Years with Church Tours

St. Peter's, Red Bluff, Marks 125 Years with Church Tours

Guided tours of historic St. Peter’s, Red Bluff, will be offered this Saturday, May 20, from 2-5 p.m. Tours will be offered at 20 minute intervals and give visitors an opportunity to view and explore the history of the church.

Described as “English Country” architectural design, this church features cedar shingles, plastered walls and massive arches. A unique feature of St. Peter’s architecture is the peaked cap roof. Built in 1892, St. Peter’s was designed by English-born architect Ernest Coxhead. Coxhead moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1886 with his older brother, Almeric. In 1890, the brothers relocated to San Francisco, becoming the semi-official architects for the Episcopal Church of Northern California. 

St. Peter’s is one of 17 Coxhead church buildings constructed, with 11 still in existence. Examples of this architectural church style can be found in Santa Ana, San Francisco, Monterey, Sausalito, Los Altos and Petaluma. The brothers also designed multiple residential, commercial and public structures throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

The guided tours are part of St. Peter’s 125th anniversary celebration which will include an old-fashioned ice cream social, carriage rides touring the historic Victorian district, 1890s music, participants in period costume and display booths of local historic groups featuring their organizations. 

All activities are free to the public. For more information contact St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at (530) 527-5205 or The church office is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m.-noon. St. Peter’s is at 510 Jefferson Street, on the corner of Jefferson and Elm, in Red Bluff. Visit their website at

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