Iowa November 22, 2017
The Little-Known Church Hiding In Iowa That Is An Absolute Work Of Art
Church of All Saints in Keokuk isn’t famous. It’s not a destination for sightseeing trips. Maybe it should be, though. This church is simply stunning.
The church's address is 301 S. 9th Street.
This incredible church is on the National Register of Historic Places. It's under the name St. Peter Church, which was the name of the original congregation that built the structure.
The cornerstone of this church was laid on June 12, 1881.
The building was designed by William John Dillenburg, a Chicago architect. He also designed the Church of St. John the Baptist in Burlington.
The original structure cost $50,000 to build.
It took four years to build because the priest at the time underestimated how much money it would cost.
The Church of All Saints, established in 1982, was a consolidation of all of the Catholic churches in town.
This building is now home to the angel statues that previously flanked the high altar of St. Mary's Church.
The organ from St. Mary's is also now at the Church of All Saints.
This is a late Gothic Revival style church with a 69 by 140 foot structure that follows a basilica plan.
The building's central tower is 180 feet tall with corner towers that are 75 feet tall.
The stations of the cross that line the walls came from Munich and were installed in 1892.
The marble alter was carved by Joseph Conradi of St. Louis in 1904.
Conradi was a famous sculptor born in Switzerland who studied in Italy. He is responsible for many of the beautiful historic churches in St. Louis.
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