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Saint Irenaeus Catholic Church

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1864–1865. 2811 N. 2nd St.

From its high, hilltop location, this double-towered stone church looks down on what was once the river town of Lyons. The pointed-arched windows of this Gothic Revival church are finely cut into the walls of beautifully dressed light-colored limestone. A rosette window appears in the east gable. The twin belfry towers support thin spires above; the north one is 136 feet high, the south one 30 feet higher.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Saint Irenaeus Catholic Church", [Clinton, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Iowa, David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 64-64.

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