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St. Peter's Catholic Church

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1897. 318 N. 3rd. St.

Erected atop the highest hill in town, supposedly to remind people of the steep climb to heaven, this red brick Romanesque Revival church has a three-story bell tower capped with a steeple. It replaced a smaller 1892 church on the same site. Cripple Creek's wealthiest mining millionaire, the so-called Midas of the Rockies, Winfield Scott Stratton, gave Father Thomas Volpe the money to erect the church. The red brick convent and rectory which once hugged the south side of the church are gone.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


What's Nearby


Thomas J. Noel, "St. Peter's Catholic Church", [Cripple Creek, 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, 332-333.

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