St. Mary's Rectory (Iowa City, Iowa)

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St. Mary’s Rectory
St. Mary's Rectory (Iowa City, Iowa) is located in Iowa
St. Mary's Rectory (Iowa City, Iowa)
Location 610 E. Jefferson St.
Iowa City, Iowa
Coordinates 41°39′45″N 91°31′36″W / 41.66250°N 91.52667°W / 41.66250; -91.52667Coordinates: 41°39′45″N 91°31′36″W / 41.66250°N 91.52667°W / 41.66250; -91.52667
Area less than one acre
Built 1854
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Greek Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 95000811[1]
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.

The building is a simple wood frame structure that was built next to the original church. The building exhibits elements of the Greek Revival style. The home was built for $1,100.[2]

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.[2] After the home ceased to house clergy it became a private residence.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b Lalor, Francis Richard (1993). Celebrating Thanks! A History of Saint Mary of the Assumption Parish Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa City, Iowa: St. Mary’s Parish.