Foeller’s design for this church was inspired by the Romanesque churches of France, an appropriate choice for a congregation of predominantly French and French Canadian ancestry. The red brick basilica-plan church has a polygonal apse and an unusual two-story rectangular narthex. The narthex dominates the facade and is bisected by a tall tower, which rises above the gabled entrance portal in three stages and is crowned by a spire. The massiveness of these elements is a hallmark of Romanesque, as are the round-headed arches that outline the soaring brick blind arcades framing narrow round-headed windows. Foeller’s bold, imposing composition is conspicuous among Wisconsin churches.
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St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church
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