Church of the Holy Communion, Episcopal
Church of the Holy Communion--Episcopal
Church of the Holy Communion from the east
|Location||116 N. Minnesota Ave., St. Peter, Minnesota|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Architect||Henry Martyn Congdon|
|Architectural style||Late Gothic Revival|
|NRHP Reference #||83000914|
|Added to NRHP||May 19, 1983|
The Church of the Holy Communion, Episcopal is an historic stone Episcopal church building located at 116 North Minnesota Avenue St. Peter, Minnesota, United States. Designed by noted ecclesiastical architect Henry Martyn Congdon of New York City in the Gothic Revival style of architecture, it was built in 1869 of Kasota limestone. It features buttresses and a steeply sloping gabled roof with smaller gabled eye-windows on each slope of the roof. On May 19, 1983, the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The first Episcopal service in St. Peter was held on October 27, 1854 at the home of St. Peter's founder Captain William Bigelow Dodd and his wife Harriet. Bishop Jackson Kemper officiated at the service which was attended by 37 people. Mrs. Dodd was instrumental in inviting Bishop Kemper to St. Peter. A parish was soon established and the first church a wood-frame structure was built in 1855 near where the current stone church stands. The Rev. Ezra Jones was the first rector of the congregation, he was succeeded by Rev. Edward Livermore who was rector at the time the current church was constructed. The bell from the first church was placed in the tower of the new church and has rung on the death of every American president since Abraham Lincoln. The bodies of Captain Dodd, his wife Harriet, and two of their children—Willis Gorman Dodd and Harriet Virginia Dodd—lie buried in a grave behind the present church.