St. Ignatius Mission

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St. Ignatius Mission
St Ignatius Mission (St Ignatius Montana) 2002-05.jpg
St. Ignatius Mission, St. Ignatius, Montana
St. Ignatius Mission is located in Montana
St. Ignatius Mission
St. Ignatius Mission is located in the United States
St. Ignatius Mission
Locationapproximately 1/8 mile southeast of US Highway 93 in St. Ignatius, Montana
Coordinates47°18′54″N 114°6′7″W / 47.31500°N 114.10194°W / 47.31500; -114.10194Coordinates: 47°18′54″N 114°6′7″W / 47.31500°N 114.10194°W / 47.31500; -114.10194
Area2 acres (0.81 ha)
ArchitectBrother Joseph Carignano
NRHP reference #73001053[1]
Added to NRHPJune 19, 1973

The St. Ignatius Mission is a landmark Roman Catholic mission founded at its present location, St. Ignatius, Montana, in 1854 by Father Pierre-Jean De Smet and Father Adrian Hoecken. The current mission church was built between 1891 and 1893, and listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[1][2][3]

Interior, St. Ignatius Mission

The mission church serves the St. Ignatius parish within the Missoula Deanery of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena.[4]


The mission church is a simplified, vernacular example of Gothic revival architecture constructed of bricks made from native clay. The most exceptional feature of the interior are the 58 murals painted by Brother Joseph Carignano, an untrained artist who worked as a cook in the mission.[5] The church is 120 by 60 feet (37 m × 18 m) in plan and its belfry is nearly 100 feet (30 m) high.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "History". St. Ignatius Mission. Retrieved 2007-08-30.
  3. ^ a b Norman Guyaz (April 10, 1973). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: St. Ignatius Mission". National Park Service. Retrieved August 6, 2017. With two photos from 1971.
  4. ^ "Parishes and Missions: Home". Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena. Retrieved 2007-08-31.
  5. ^ Krause, Jan. "Saint Ignatius Mission". Lakeshore Country Journal. Retrieved 2007-08-30.

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