Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (O'Connor, Nebraska)

Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a church complex off NE 56 in O'Connor, Nebraska. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. The listing included three contributing buildings on 109.7 acres (44.4 ha).[1]

Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Visitation Church (O'Connor, Nebraska) church from S.JPG
Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (O'Connor, Nebraska) is located in Nebraska
Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (O'Connor, Nebraska)
Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (O'Connor, Nebraska) is located in the United States
Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (O'Connor, Nebraska)
LocationOff NE 56, O'Connor, Nebraska
Coordinates41°30′39″N 98°28′30″W / 41.51084°N 98.47511°W / 41.51084; -98.47511Coordinates: 41°30′39″N 98°28′30″W / 41.51084°N 98.47511°W / 41.51084; -98.47511
Area109.7 acres (44.4 ha)
Built1879, 1904-05, 1954-55
ArchitectJames H. Craddock
Architectural styleRomanesque
NRHP reference No.84002472[1]
Added to NRHPFebruary 23, 1984

It is also known as the O'Connor Church Complex. The main building is the church (1904–05), which is brick and soaring and Romanesque Revival in style. There is also a rectory (1929–30), a plain parish hall (1954–55), a cemetery, and surrounding windbreaks and other land.

The land was purchased in 1879 by the Irish Catholic Colonization Association of the U.S. which was organized in part "to aid the social, economic, and religious conditions of the Irish-American urban poor by assisting their relocation from eastern cities to farms in Minnesota and Nebraska." In total 25,695.9 acres (103.988 km2) in the area was purchased from the Burlington and Missouri Railroad, and townsites of O'Connor and Spalding were opened in 1880.[2]

The church was designed by architect James H. Craddock.[2]

It is located off Nebraska Highway 56.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Penny Chatfield Sodhi (September 1983). "Natiosnal Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary / O'Connor Church Complex; GY00-1". National Park Service. Retrieved June 29, 2019. With accompanying 12 photos from 1983