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Saint Joseph's Roman Catholic Church

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1856, first church. 1897–1900, second church, Guido Beck. 330 S. 1st St.

The first church building (now used as a parish hall) was of Gothic Revival design. The structure was of stone; its plan was cruciform with an entrance tower and spire. During 1897–1900 Guido Beck replaced this church with a version of a late Gothic Revival church.

This latter church building was inspired by French Gothic design, which is most tellingly stated in the 142-foot-high entrance tower and spire. Within the sanctuary, two rows of thin clustered Corinthian columns create a traditional nave and side aisles, and above is a groin-vaulted ceiling.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Saint Joseph's Roman Catholic Church", [Elkader, 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, 96-96.

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