Communities of faith have organized in Tampa from 1846,
when a Methodist congregation established the city's first church, to 1939,
when a 21-year-old Billy Graham began his career as a spiritual evangelist and
preacher on downtown's Franklin Street, and through to today. Among Tampa's
noteworthy religious structures are Sacred Heart Catholic Church, a 1905
downtown landmark noted for its soaring, Romanesque revival construction in
granite and marble with German-crafted stained glass windows, the distinctive
rock and mortar St. James Episcopal House of Prayer, listed with the U.S.