The Dubuque architect provided the community with a perfect example of what we think of as Victorian Gothic. The light-colored stone detailing contrasts sharply with the surrounding brick walls. Various forms of windows—arched, segmental arched, and circular—were used throughout the building. The verticality of the tower, with its insistence on climbing higher and higher, is realized through its layered corner buttresses, projecting pinnacles, and the pencil-point spire that springs from four steeply pitched gables.
Nearby is another Roman Catholic church,