St. Joseph Church of Nashville

12th and Church Street
Nashville, Tennessee

Project Status
Church was torn down; date unknown.

Project Date/s

In 1934, John Mallin decorated St Joseph Church in Nashville, Tennessee for the Reverend A.F. Maurath. Letters to and from Rev. Maurath describe some of the work done. One letter from Rev. Maurath praises the Madonna painting in the church, while another discusses decoration changes, as well as negotiations about the total cost. The Reverend mentions the decorations in the side altars, and in the back of the statues of the Blessed Virgin and St Joseph. He mentions how he would like to have the circle extend similarly to the way it was done at Holy Rosary Church in Chicago, which was also decorated by Mallin.

Mallin’s brochure for St. Joseph includes a photo of the mural in the sanctuary, which was called, “The Holy Family Enthroned”. The description of the mural states, “The large representation of the figures are placed in outdoor settings with the Infant Christ as the center figure. The Christ Child has his hands raised in Benediction with his mother standing on his right and the foster father on his left. Grouped about the throne are singers and musicians: ‘The Angels Serenade’.”

There is also a photo showing the Sanctuary in the process of decoration, with Mallin, the Rev. Maurath, and workers in the photo.