St. Mary's Rectory (Iowa City, Iowa)
St. Mary’s Rectory
|Location||610 E. Jefferson St.
Iowa City, Iowa
|Area||less than one acre|
|Architectural style||Greek Revival|
|NRHP Reference #||95000811|
|Added to NRHP||July 7, 1995|
The former St. Mary’s Rectory, located at 610 E. Jefferson Street, Iowa City, Iowa is a private home listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building housed the Catholic clergy that served St. Mary’s Church from 1854 to 1892.
St. Mary’s parish was founded in 1841 by the Rev. Samuel Charles Mazzuchelli, OP. He, however, did not reside in Iowa City, nor did many of the early priests, who served multiple parishes and were based elsewhere. The first resident pastor, Rev. Anthony Godfert, served in Iowa City from 1842-1844. The second pastor, the Rev. B. M. Poyet (1848–1850), and the third pastor, the Rev. Francis P. McCormick (1851–52) resided in Iowa City, but there is no mention of a rectory in church records. The Rev. Mathias Hannon arrived at St. Mary’s as an assistant and became pastor in 1852. He served St. Mary’s until 1855. It was during his pastorate that this building was built in 1854.
Following Father Hannon, other clergy who lived in the rectory included the Revs. Mathias Michael (1855–1858), William Emonds (1858–1890) and John F. Kempker (1890–1891). It was during Father Kempker’s brief pastorate that the rectory was moved to its present location in the 600 block of East Jefferson Street. In 1892 the Rev. A.J. Schulte built the current rectory, which is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places along with the church, on the same location of the old rectory for $8,000. After the home ceased to house clergy it became a private residence.