Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Old St. Joseph's Church

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Institution Name: St. Norbert College
Original/Historic Place Name: St. Joseph's Church
Location on Campus: center of campus at the river end of Grant St.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1889original construction Kidney, Daniel Kidney Boat Factory
1926addition of entrance portico and steeple Unknown
1999renovation Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: stone
Walls: brick
Roof: shingle
ca. 1870-present (2007)chapel (church)

Significance: architecture, history, religion
Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Completely rebuilt in 1889 to replace the original parish church destroyed by fire earlier the same year, Old St. Joseph's Church is a fine Gothic revival building. Its simple country-style box church seats approximately 300. In 1926 an entry portico and steeple were added to the building.

Old St. Joseph's has been renovated several times over the years; the most recent renovation in 1999 included a complete remodeling and the addition of support spaces.

I. Bibliographic sources:

"St. Norbert College Historic District." Historic Preservation Division report. Madison, WI: Wisconsin Historical Society, 2001.

II. Location of other data:
University: Special Collections, Facilities Management Office

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