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Divine Mercy Parish (St. Mary's German Catholic Church)

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St. Mary's German Catholic Church
1895–1896. 605 10th St.

With its picturesque central steeple topped by layers of copper sheeting and guarded by pinnacles at each corner, Divine Mercy Parish is a landmark in any aerial view of Beaver Falls.

The unusual roofline of the church consists of a main nave terminating in an apsidal dormer to the south and intersected by two parallel roofs, the first above the entrance is a hipped roof with chamfered ends, the other a gable at the midpoint. Gothic-arched windows and doors reinforce the verticality of the composition. The facade is a balanced three-part composition with side entrances flanking the larger central entrance at the base of the steeple. During a refurbishment in the 1950s, the profile of the steeple was altered to its present appearance, and stained glass windows with themes focused on Mary were added by Edward Hiemer and Company of New Jersey. This German Catholic parish purchased two lots from the Harmonists for $600 in 1869, and built an earlier church here. The present church (1896) was the nucleus for three Roman Catholic churches within three blocks that included a 1910 Polish church and a 1923 Hungarian church. They were recombined into this congregation in 1993.

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Lu Donnelly et al.
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Lu Donnelly et al., "Divine Mercy Parish (St. Mary's German Catholic Church)", [Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/PA-01-BE21.

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Cover: Buildings of PA vol 1

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, Lu Donnelly, H. David Brumble IV, and Franklin Toker. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010, 148-149.

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