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Saint Patrick's Roman Catholic Church

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1915. 7 miles north of Shenandoah on US 59, travel west on Iowa 184 2 miles to the small community of Imogene

Saint Patrick's is a free interpretation of the rural English Gothic church developed via the English Arts and Crafts movement. The ridge line of the front gable reads as a fine line with no indication of the roof behind. The numerous buttresses act as vertical lines on the front and sides of the church and upon the walls of the corner crenellated tower. The projecting pediments and arches of the triple-doored entrance form a single light-colored stone band set in front of the building. The interior of this seemingly puritanical brick shell is quite elaborate, boasting surfaces and detailing in Carrara marble.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Saint Patrick's Roman Catholic Church", [Imogene, 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, 344-345.

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