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St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

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1909. 7710 WI 42
  • (Photograph by James T. Potter, courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society)

In 1876, Father Engelbert Blum of Sturgeon Bay organized a mission called St. John of the Desert to serve Egg Harbor’s growing community of French Canadians. The congregation became St. John’s parish in 1908, and the following year the members replaced their small building south of Egg Harbor with a stone structure in town. The tactile and polychromatic use of materials, including split-fieldstone cobbles trimmed with contrasting rock-faced limestone, makes the church seem both folksy and formal. A squat tower rising in the center of the crowstep gabled facade has a rose window and a pointed-arched bell-cote crowned by a cross. On the church’s sides, a window bay with a gabled parapet is followed by trios of narrow lancets, lighting the nave inside.

Writing Credits

Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "St. John the Baptist Catholic Church", [Egg Harbor, Wisconsin], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Buildings of Wisconsin

Buildings of Wisconsin, Marsha Weisiger and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017, 279-280.

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