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Immaculate Conception Church of the Blessed Virgin

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1906–1908, William P. Ginther. 308 Broad St.
  • Immaculate Conception Church of the Blessed Virgin

Home to a congregation established by immigrant German steel workers in 1859, this church was originally called St. Mary's. It is one of the first churches that a visitor sees when leaving downtown Johnstown and one of the largest in Cambria City. The contrast between the light yellow brick and the dark brownstone trim adds drama to the Gothic Revival facade. The niche holding a statue of Our Lady of Grace, the gabled portals below, and the gargoyles guarding each door are all in the darker stone to great effect. A tall, square tower with a spire at the southeast corner has a rose window on each elevation. William Ginther, of Akron, Ohio, was a popular church architect who designed over 250 churches in the region.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Immaculate Conception Church of the Blessed Virgin", [Johnstown, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

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, 317-318.

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