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Saint Joseph's Roman Catholic Church

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1900, Murphy and Ralston. 320 Mulberry St.

Saint Joseph's was described as “French Gothic” when it was built, though the basic format is nineteenth-century medieval. The corner tower is crowned by a high roof with narrow facets. The warm-orange brick walls create smoothly flowing surfaces, suggesting an early twentieth-century building rather than a traditional medieval design of masonry. This same weightless quality is equally apparent within. The real gem of this church complex is the children's chapel. This dollhouse of a Gothic chapel seats six and has its own miniature pipe organ.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Saint Joseph's Roman Catholic Church", [Waterloo, 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, 442-442.

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