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Holy Family Mission Church

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1940. South of U.S. 160, on the east edge of South Fork

Behind the large sawmill that dominates the town with huge piles of lumber and logs, a white bell tower sticks up like a hand at the back of the classroom. It belongs to this adobe church with Gothic-arched openings and a rose window under a steep pitched roof with exposed rafter ends and overhanging eaves. The square corner bell tower is topped by an octagonal closed carillon with a roof surmounted by a cross. The church, strong in design and well maintained, is a good example of modern-day vernacular adobe construction.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


What's Nearby


Thomas J. Noel, "Holy Family Mission Church", [South Fork, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 430-431.

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