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Our Lady of Visitation Catholic Church

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1882, Father Pierre Yves Kéralum. U.S. 281, 1 mile east of Santa Maria

Across the highway from the ranch, Santa Maria ranch owner L. J. Hynes donated land in 1880 for a church to serve his workers and those from nearby ranches. Derived from plans by Oblate architect-priest Kéralum, the church is built of buff brick fired at the ranch. The cruciform-plan Gothic Revival church, with shallow buttresses and pinnacles at its central tower, is similar to one demolished in Rio Grande City. Raised gabled parapets with ornamental brickwork frame its nave, while its stark interior includes plastered walls and original furnishings.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


What's Nearby


Gerald Moorhead et al., "Our Lady of Visitation Catholic Church", [Brownsville, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 306-307.

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