St. Mary's Catholic Church (Indianapolis, Indiana)

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St. Mary's Catholic Church
St. Mary's in Indianapolis, front and side.jpg
Front and side of the church
St. Mary's Catholic Church (Indianapolis, Indiana) is located in Indiana
St. Mary's Catholic Church (Indianapolis, Indiana)
Location 317 N. New Jersey St., Indianapolis, Indiana
Coordinates 39°46′20″N 86°9′0″W / 39.77222°N 86.15000°W / 39.77222; -86.15000Coordinates: 39°46′20″N 86°9′0″W / 39.77222°N 86.15000°W / 39.77222; -86.15000
Area Less than 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1910
Architect Hermann Gaul
Architectural style Gothic Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 77000020[1]
Added to NRHP November 9, 1977

St. Mary's Catholic Church is a Roman Catholic church in Indianapolis, Indiana. It is built in the Gothic Revival style modeled after the Cologne Cathedral in Germany. The church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The church was established in 1858 as St. Marienkirche to serve the growing population of German Catholics who were making their home in Indianapolis.


The Reverend Peter Leonard Brandt arrived from Vincennes, Indiana, in 1856 to establish a congregation among the German Catholics of Indianapolis. The congregation completed St. Mary's, their first church, in 1858. Priests conducted services in Latin and sermons in German and retained Old World traditions. After the neighborhood become commercial, the congregation purchased property at New Jersey Street and Vermont Street. There they built the present church, under construction from 1910 to 1912. Architect Hermann Gaul, a native of Cologne, Germany, designed the church. The design Gaul used for St. Marienkirche took its inspiration from Cologne Cathedral.[2]


Gargoyles decorate the façade of the church at the entry portal and towers. On the north side, a stained-glass window depicts St. Boniface, the saint who converted the Germans to Christianity. On the south side, another window depicts St. Henry, the “church builder.” The interior has many statues and an apse with skylights.

The church nave

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ Taylor, Jr., Robert M. (1989). Indiana: A New Historical Guide. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society. ISBN 0-87195-048-0. 

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