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Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church

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1882, Fridolin Heer. 416 N. 8th St.

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, Sacred Heart Church designed by William L. Steele in 1921. Here one can see how a Prairie architect handled the traditional Romanesque. The church is located at the southeast corner of South First Street and Second Avenue South.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church", [Fort Dodge, 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, 390-391.

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