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St. Augustine's Catholic Church (Minster, Ohio)

St. Augustine's Catholic Church is a historic Gothic Revival-style Roman Catholic church building located on North Hanover Street in Minster, Ohio, United States.[1] Located in the region of western Ohio known as the "Land of the Cross-Tipped Churches," the church was built in 1848. In 1874, the building was modified with the construction of twin Gothic spires designed by Anton Goehr.

St. Augustine Catholic Church
St. Augustine Catholic Church, Minster.jpg
Exterior of the church
St. Augustine's Catholic Church (Minster, Ohio) is located in Ohio
St. Augustine's Catholic Church (Minster, Ohio)
St. Augustine's Catholic Church (Minster, Ohio) is located in the United States
St. Augustine's Catholic Church (Minster, Ohio)
LocationN. Hanover St., Minster, Ohio
Coordinates40°23′40″N 84°22′47″W / 40.39444°N 84.37972°W / 40.39444; -84.37972Coordinates: 40°23′40″N 84°22′47″W / 40.39444°N 84.37972°W / 40.39444; -84.37972
AreaLess than 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built1848
ArchitectAnton Goehr
Architectural styleGothic Revival
MPSCross-Tipped Churches of Ohio TR
NRHP reference #79003457[1]
Added to NRHPJuly 26, 1979

Beginning in the middle of the nineteenth century, St. Augustine was one of the three mother churches for the Society of the Precious Blood that served the Catholics of the region; it kept this position until the end of the century, and it is the only one of the three yet remaining. While many other churches in the region were built in the middle of the nineteenth century, few remain today, and only St. Augustine and St. John's to the northeast are yet used as parish churches.[2]

On July 26, 1979, the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places as part of the "Cross-Tipped Churches of Ohio" multiple property submission.[1] Today, St. Augustine's and St. Joseph's Church in nearby Egypt constitute the Minster Cluster of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

InteriorEdit

 
Stained glass window of St. Augustine

The church interior is adorned with stained windows depicting Christ and saints.

Subjects of the pictorial windows
 
Ceiling fresco of the Resurrection of Jesus

The church ceiling is decorated with frescos depicting the life of Christ and a scene in Heaven.

Subjects of the ceiling frescos

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ Brown, Mary Ann, and Mary Niekamp. National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Cross-Tipped Churches Thematic Resources, 2-5. National Park Service, July 1978. Accessed 2009-11-09.

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