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
Nearest city St. Ignatius, Montana
Area 2 acres (0.81 ha)
Built 1893
Architect Carignano, Brother Joseph
Architectural style No style listed
NRHP Reference # 73001053[1]
Added to NRHP June 19, 1973
Interior, St. Ignatius Mission.

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]

The mission church serves the St. Ignatius parish within the Missoula Deanery of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena.[3]


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.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Staff (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "History". St. Ignatius Mission. Retrieved 2007-08-30. 
  3. ^ "Parishes and Missions: Home". Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 
  4. ^ Krause, Jan. "Saint Ignatius Mission". Lakeshore Country Journal. Retrieved 2007-08-30. 

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