The cornerstone for the church was laid in 1868, but the most impressive feature of the church, the stained glass windows, were purchase in 1902 for $3,000. The reason the church is surrounded by the Mall is in 1945 Joske's Department Store tried to purchase the church and land so it could be utilized for store expansion. The parishioners at the time voted unanimously against selling, resulting in the unique location today.
I took several shots of the interior which I will be processing over the coming days. I also have to go back and capture the stained glass windows on a bright sunny day. You can see the stained glass in the shot, but to be fair without very bright sunlight I don't feel any photo would do them justice. I highly recommend stopping by the church to see it in person if you ever visit San Antonio.
St. Joseph Parish