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St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church

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1899, Henry Foeller. 516 Brazeau Ave.
  • (Photograph by Paul J. Jakubovich, courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society)

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.

Writing Credits

Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church", [Oconto, 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, 321-321.

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