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Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church

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1939; 1981. 314 S. Lakeshore Dr.
  • (Photograph by Claudia Shannon)

The congregation of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church was formed to a large extent by descendants of Italian immigrants who attended St. Anthony’s Church on the eastern, inside curve of Lake Chicot, the old oxbow of the Mississippi. They began to migrate to the lake’s western side in 1908 to escape peonage at Sunnyside Plantation. By the 1930s, the congregation had outgrown the existing 1866 frame building, which was moved to the rear of the church site when construction of the new building began. There is no record of the architect, but whoever designed it was fully aware of Italy’s historic architecture. The church of variegated red brick is Italian Romanesque in style, with a small gabled portico, a triple-arched window in the gable front, and brick corbeling around the gable and the top of the two-bell belfry. The interior is composed of a single nave covered with an open truss roof. The stained glass windows date from 1949.

Writing Credits

Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors


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Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors, "Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church", [Lake Village, Arkansas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Arkansas

Buildings of Arkansas, Cyrus A. Sutherland and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 272-272.

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