St. Mary's Church of the Assumption (Praha, Texas)

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St. Mary's Church of the Assumption
St marys church of the assumption 2008.jpg
St. Mary's Church in 2008
St. Mary's Church of the Assumption is located in Texas
St. Mary's Church of the Assumption
St. Mary's Church of the Assumption
St. Mary's Church of the Assumption is located in the US
St. Mary's Church of the Assumption
St. Mary's Church of the Assumption
Location FM 1295,
Praha, Texas
Coordinates 29°40′11″N 97°4′0″W / 29.66972°N 97.06667°W / 29.66972; -97.06667Coordinates: 29°40′11″N 97°4′0″W / 29.66972°N 97.06667°W / 29.66972; -97.06667
Area less than one acre
Built 1895 (1895)
Architect O. Kramer
Architectural style Gothic Revival
MPS Churches with Decorative Interior Painting TR
NRHP reference # 83003138[1]
Added to NRHP June 21, 1983

St. Mary's Church of the Assumption is a historic church on FM 1295 in Praha, Texas.

It was built in 1895 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[2] Gottfried Flury, a Swiss-born artist from Moulton, TX, painted much of the interior.[3] Using a combination of stenciling, infill painting, and freehand techniques, Flury's trompe-l'œil designs mimic stone vaults and Gothic tracery reminiscent of central European models.[4] The ornate polychrome interior of St. Mary's Church of the Assumption is typical of the so-called "Painted Churches of Texas" constructed by immigrants who settled in the region in the nineteenth century.

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The church has a rectangular plan consisting of a five-bay nave with side aisles terminated by a polygonal apse.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Baker, T. Lindsay. Ghost Towns of Texas. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1991.
  • Christensen, Carl J., and Pixie Christensen. Lone Star Steeples: Historic Places of Worship in Texas. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2016.
  • Koenig, Jon Todd. Fayette County. Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia Pub, 2011.

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