Thursday, January 7, 2010

St. Patrick Catholic Church, Jackson, NE

St. Patrick Parish in Jackson, Nebraska is an incredibly historic parish, (more on this below) tracing its roots to 1856. The current church was built in 1913 in a modified Romanesque style with a unique domed tower.

The original interior entry doors are intact and feature ornate "Pull" plates and stained glass panels.

The church's patron resides in a niche in the vestibule.

St. Patrick's has an interesting connection with Apollo VIII. Click on the photo to enlarge the writing on the plaque.

The interior is fairly simple, yet quite pleasant. The heavy beamed ceiling of this sort is fairly uncommon in a neo-Romanesque styled church.

The sanctuary wall is accentuated with light stenciling and an image of the Holy Spirit.

The art glass windows depict various Biblical scenes. Note how the scene is shaped around the architectural frame of the window.

A particularly unique element of the structure are the dormers located above the choir loft. St. Patrick's is one of the very few churches that I have seen which utilize this architectural feature.

The dormer as seen from the interior.

A shrine near the church, constructed in 1960, commemorates early founder and prolific missionary, Fr. Jeremiah Trecy.

A Nebraska Historical Marker also indicates the cultural and religious importance of the parish.

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