Tuesday, November 17, 2015

St. Mary's

This church stands out in the original part of town with it's high steeples, and is the church my family belonged to when I was a girl. It's always held a special place in my heart as I clearly remember loving the inside with it's domed ceilings.

9x12 on 1/8" museum quality panel

I wanted to get a little history on the church.
For those interested the full article is http://nativitymary.org/our-history:
Nativity of Mary Parish began in the winter of 1876, forty years after Henry James established the original plat of the "village of Janesville" and built a log cabin on the east shore of the Rock River. Early in 1876 a meeting was held to consider organizing a second parish in Janesville. On March 3rd, the land for St. Mary, eight rods square, was purchased for $580. On March 14, the contract for the building of a plain, frame church was let for the sum of $2,000. Membership in the new congregation swelled, and by November it was necessary to build an addition to the new church. Work began in the fall of 1900 on a new church, to be built in the High Victorian Gothic style. Janesville's historic chronicle of that year described the new St. Mary Church as "by far the most imposing and handsomest church building in the city. Situated on a prominent section of the city, on high ground, its beautiful design and tall steeple add to the beauty of Janesville's architecture".

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