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St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

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1895–1897, T. J. Collins and Son. 121–125 N. Augusta St.

St. Francis is one of fourteen religious buildings in the region designed by Collins. The Collins family were members of the congregation. Here, three kinds of stone, each one a different color and from a different state, enrich the facade of this Gothic Revival church. The steps and foundation are of a local limestone, the facade is Pennsylvania serpentine, and the trim is Indiana limestone. The central entrance is set deeply within a pointed arch and, above, the large rose window is by Franz Mayer and Company of Munich. Flanking the facade is a large square tower with an open belfry on one side and a smaller tower on the other. The vigorous richness of this church draws from English medieval architecture.

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Author: 
Anne Carter Lee

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