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:
1870original construction Kidney, Daniel Kidney Boat Factory
1926addition of entrance portico and steeple
1999renovation
Designer: Daniel Kidney of Kidney Boat Factory
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Gothic revival (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, history, religion
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Materials:
Foundation: stone
Walls: brick
Roof: shingle
 
Function:
ca. 1870-present (2006)chapel (church)
 

Narrative:
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.
 

References:

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

 

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