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Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church

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1858, 1903. Southwest corner of 4th St. and Ave. C

The 1858 church was constructed under the direction of Father J. G. Reffe, who may also have been its designer. An extensive remodeling of 1903 was accomplished by Father W. Jacoby. The tall, narrow entrance tower implies the medieval, but the church really turns out to be English Baroque. Surmounting the brick portion of the tower is an octagon surrounded by four large consoles; above these are lunette dormers. The space over the crossing bursts forth with a high drum surrounded by columns. The culmination of all of this is a dome with eight lunette dormers.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church", [West Point, 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, 154-154.

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