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Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church

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c. 1926. Conejos Plaza
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church (Tom Noel)

The original church (1858), a replacement for a chapel dedicated in 1856, was a 16-by-30-foot jacal of cottonwood posts with crossbeams at the top and an adobe plaster skin. A second adobe church (c. 1879) enlarged upon the original structure, but burned down in 1926. Some of the ruins were incorporated into the current church, with a 1948 facade whose curvilinear parapet is flanked by twin 56-foot towers wearing domed metal caps. This entry facade has a rose window and a niche for a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Raised bands of red and gray brick adorn the facade and outline round-arched windows. Inside, the wooden pulpit and altar have been painted to look like marble, and the walls are furnished with some notable folk art, such as the crucifix in the south transept.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church", [Antonito, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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