Church of St. Peter (Danbury, Connecticut)

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St. Peter Church
Location 104 Main St
Danbury, Connecticut
Country United States
Denomination Roman Catholic
Architecture
Architect(s) Keely and Murphy
Administration
Diocese Bridgeport
Province Hartford
Clergy
Bishop(s) Most Rev. William E. Lori

St. Peter is a Roman Catholic church in Danbury, Connecticut, part of the Diocese of Bridgeport.

History[edit]

The Parish of St. Peter is the third oldest parish in the Bridgeport diocese, founded in 1851.[1] At first the church occupied a former Universalist church building. The church's present Gothic Revival building was erected in the 1870s and a school was opened in 1885.[2]

In a 1975 paper for Western Connecticut State University researcher Patricia Carmody stated that the architectural firm that designed St Peter Church was 'Kiely and Murphy'. This appears to be a misspelling for the firm of Keely and Murphy who were quite active in Connecticut at the time. 15 years later architect James Murphy, who had been a partner in Keely and Murphy would erect the first St. Mary Church in nearby Bethel, Connecticut.[3]

The church's stained glass windows were produced in Munich, Germany, supplied by the Royal Bavarian Art Institute and the F. X. Zettler Company.

The 1870 church and its associated buildings are significant contributing properties of the Main Street Historic District (Danbury, Connecticut) of the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and is the Mother Church for the Roman Catholic communities of Danbury, Bethel, Redding, Ridgefield and Gergetown.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Church of St. Peter website, accessed January 23, 2011
  2. ^ Danbury Historical Society (2001), Danbury, Arcadia Publishing Company. Page 27.
  3. ^ Carmody, Patricia (1975). History of St. Peter Church, Danbury Connecticut. Western Connecticut State University. 

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Coordinates: 41°23′31.34″N 73°26′57.06″W / 41.3920389°N 73.4491833°W / 41.3920389; -73.4491833