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St. Peter Catholic Church

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1901, Anton Dohmen. 7121 County Rd. K, Ashton

Set amid picturesque, rolling farmland, St. Peter’s lofty spire can be seen for miles around. German Catholics, who settled this area in the late 1840s and 1850s, erected the handsome Gothic Revival church a half-century later. Its Milwaukee architect designed churches throughout Wisconsin and the Great Plains. The pointed-arched entrance at the base of the tower—which dominates the building—directs the eye upward to a stained glass rose window, and then to a triplet of pointed-arched windows, a louvered belfry, and an octagonal spire. The church’s buttressed walls are of rock-faced limestone, quarried at local farms. Inside, a narthex leads to a vaulted nave and a vaulted apse. The ornate main altar, carved of butternut, is pinnacled, as are the smaller altars to each side. A delicate mural in the spandrels above depicts Christ and his disciples.

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Marsha Weisiger et al.
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Marsha Weisiger et al., "St. Peter Catholic Church", [Middleton, Wisconsin], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/WI-01-DA13.

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Buildings of Wisconsin

Buildings of Wisconsin, Marsha Weisiger and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017, 433-434.

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