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Mathias Furtz (Spruce Creek) Chapel

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Spruce Creek
1852. 5 miles northeast of Bellevue on Spruce Creek Rd.

This small stone-walled, gable-roofed chapel was built by an emigré from Luxembourg, Mathias Furtz. The altar and crucifix within were carved by the builder. The size of the chapel and its play of scale come close to making it an out-and-out folk folly.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Mathias Furtz (Spruce Creek) Chapel", [Bellevue, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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