St. Joseph's Chapel (Eau Claire, Wisconsin)

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St. Joseph's Chapel
Saint Joseph Sacred Heart Cemetery.jpg
Location Omaha St.
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Coordinates 44°49′27″N 91°28′50″W / 44.82417°N 91.48056°W / 44.82417; -91.48056Coordinates: 44°49′27″N 91°28′50″W / 44.82417°N 91.48056°W / 44.82417; -91.48056
Built 1896
Architect Joseph Bemish
Architectural style Gothic Revival
NRHP reference # 87002436
Added to NRHP January 14, 1988[1]

St. Joseph's Chapel is a historic chapel located in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The chapel was used by the German Catholic congregation of Sacred Heart Parish. The Gothic Revival structure was built in 1896 by parishoner Joseph Bemish. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988 for its architectural significance.[1]


Sacred Heart Parish, Eau Claire's German-speaking Catholic congregation, formed in 1875, when it split off from St. Patrick's Church. Parishoner Joseph Bemish built St. Joseph's Chapel in the church's cemetery in 1896; the chapel memorialized Joseph Boehm, the parish's pastor who had died three years earlier. Boehm, his successor John Metzler, and pastor Paul Geyer were buried in the chapel's basement, though their bodies were later moved to the cemetery. The chapel held occasional masses until 1943, after which it sat unused for several decades. In 1982, the congregation renovated the chapel and converted it to house maintenance equipment for the cemetery.[2]


The chapel is a one-room red brick structure with a Gothic Revival design. A tower rises above the church's front entrance; it features arched openings on each side and a cross at its peak. Arched stained glass windows flank the entrance and run along the sides of the building; a transom window above the entrance doorway matches the shape of these windows. A quatrefoil stained glass window is situated atop the arch of the transom. The chapel's interior features a carved wooden relief at the altar and a hand-painted ceiling.[2]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b Ohl, Ann (August 4, 1987). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: St. Joseph's Chapel". National Park Service. Retrieved May 13, 2017.  Accompanied by photos.