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St. Mary's of the Assumption Catholic Church

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1892, Frederick W. Paroth. 135 Pine St.

The guardian angel of Central City replaced an earlier frame church dedicated in 1861. Bishop Joseph P. Machebeuf laid the cornerstone for a larger house of God in 1872. Twenty years later it was finally finished after a struggle with Irish malcontents who wanted to call it St. Patrick's. Gothic-arched windows, a steeply pitched roof, gables, and bell tower echo the steep hillside site. Inside the 90-by-42-foot brick and granite structure, 400 worshipers could gather under the 31-foot-high stenciled ceiling. One side altar statue portrays St. Barbara, the patron saint of miners.

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Thomas J. Noel
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Thomas J. Noel, "St. Mary's of the Assumption Catholic Church", [Central City, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/CO-01-GL13.

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Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 195-195.

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