Saints Peter and Paul Church (Petersburg, Iowa)

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Saints Peter and Paul Church
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Saints Peter and Paul Church (Petersburg, Iowa) is located in Iowa
Saints Peter and Paul Church (Petersburg, Iowa)
Saints Peter and Paul Church (Petersburg, Iowa) is located in the US
Saints Peter and Paul Church (Petersburg, Iowa)
Location Jct. of C64 and X47
Petersburg, Iowa
Coordinates 42°33′18″N 91°12′51″W / 42.55500°N 91.21417°W / 42.55500; -91.21417Coordinates: 42°33′18″N 91°12′51″W / 42.55500°N 91.21417°W / 42.55500; -91.21417
Area 2 acres (0.81 ha)
Built 1906
Architect Martin Heer
Architectural style Late Gothic Revival
NRHP reference # 94001589[1]
Added to NRHP January 24, 1995

Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church is a parish church in the Archdiocese of Dubuque. The church is located in the unincorporated community of Petersburg, Iowa, United States. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.



The first church building for Saints Peter and Paul parish was constructed of limestone in 1868. The present church was completed in 1906. It was constructed in cut-stone, quarried in Stone City, Iowa, in the Late Gothic Revival style. It was designed by Dubuque architect Martin Heer. The church was commissioned during the pastorate of the Rev. William B. Sassen in 1903. The foundation was laid by M.J. Mersch, and Dubuque contractor F.D. Schnak was responsible for the superstructure. The altars and the confessionals were created by the Hackner Altar Company of La Crosse, Wisconsin. The interior frescos were the work of Joseph Walters of Dubuque. The stained glass windows were designed and manufactured under the direction of Victor von der Frost in Munster, Germany. The church was completed for $85,000.[2] The pipe organ in the rear gallery was built by the Tellers Organ Company of Erie, Pennsylvania in 1939. In addition to the church, the rectory (1917) and an Art Deco school building are located on the parish grounds.

Side elevation


The church is, by far, the dominate structure in the village of Petersburg.[2] The cross-shaped structure is 150 by 54 feet (46 by 16 m), and 74 feet (23 m) wide at the transept. The tall central tower and spire on the main facade rises 145 feet (44 m). It is flanked by two 120 feet (37 m) towers on the corners of the facade.[2] The side elevations are six bays long, including the corner tower and the transept. Each bay features a large lancet window below a grouping of three small lancet windows in a wall dormer above. Rose windows replace the window groups in the wall dormers on the transept. In the rear of the structure is a polygonal apse surrounded by a rectangular sacristy.


  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c Sara Anne Daines. "Saints Peter and Paul Church" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-01-17. 

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