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Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church

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1903. 1910, school building. Between 3rd and 4th streets
  • Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

This Gothic Revival church with a central tower and spire has all the appearance of a late nineteenth-century cast-iron toy church that has been magically enlarged, but its enlargement is insufficient to take it completely out of fairyland and into the real world. The interior is plain, except for lush reredos and two elaborately carved golden oak confessionals. The accompanying two-story school on a raised basement is Renaissance in image, and in contrast to the church, it suggests stern reality and harsh seriousness.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church", [Remsen, 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, 491-492.

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