St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church (Stone City, Iowa)

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St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church
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St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church
St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church (Stone City, Iowa) is located in Iowa
St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church (Stone City, Iowa)
St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church (Stone City, Iowa) is located in the US
St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church (Stone City, Iowa)
Location Stone City, Jones County, Iowa
Coordinates 42°6′50″N 91°21′18″W / 42.11389°N 91.35500°W / 42.11389; -91.35500Coordinates: 42°6′50″N 91°21′18″W / 42.11389°N 91.35500°W / 42.11389; -91.35500
Area less than one acre
Built 1913
Built by Otto Braun
Architect Guido Beck
Architectural style Late Gothic Revival
Part of Stone City Historic District (#08001099)
NRHP Reference # 05000904 [1]
Added to NRHP August 24, 2005

St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church is a former parish church of the Archdiocese of Dubuque located in Stone City, Iowa, United States. Catholics in Stone City were initially served by priests from Cedar Rapids and Anamosa. Mass was celebrated in parishioner's homes until 1881 when permission was granted to use a large hall in Stone City.[2] The parish was established in 1901 and the cornerstone for the church building was laid in 1913. It was completed later the same year. The church was designed by Dubuque, Iowa architect Guido Beck. The stained glass windows of the church were imported from Germany. The limestone used for the building was donated by city quarries. Otto Braun served as the contractor, and the labor to construct the church was also donated by local quarry businesses. The lower level of the building houses the parish hall. The rear of the church can be seen anchoring the left side of Grant Wood's painting Stone City (1930).[2] The parish started to loose parishioners in the 1920s when the stone quarries started to decline. Its size increased again in the 1950s before economic factors once again caused it to decline. The archdiocese closed the parish in 1992, and church building became an oratory.

The church building was individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005. It was included as a contributing property in the Stone City Historic District in 2008.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2006-03-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b William C. Page. "St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-11-06.  with photos
  3. ^ Leah D. Rogers. "Stone City Historic District" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-11-03.