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Other Name: Church of the Atonement


Reference Number: 16830


Location (Address): 9415 COTTAGE ROW

County: Door


Township/Village: Gibraltar

Unincorporated Community: 

Town: 31

Range: 27

Direction: E

Section: 29

Quarter Section: 

Quarter/Quarter Section: 


Year Built: 1878


Survey Date:1992

Historic Use: church

Architectural Style: Gothic Revival

Property Type: Building

Structural System: Balloon Frame

Wall Material: Board and Batten


Other Buildings On Site: 1

Demolished?: No

Demolished Date: 


National/State Register Listing Name:  CHURCH OF THE ATONEMENT

National Register Listing Date: 1985-03-07

State Register Listing Date: 1989-01-01

National Register Multiple Property Name: 


Additional Information: A 'site file' exists for this property. It contains additional information such as correspondence, newspaper clippings, or historical information. It is a public record and may be viewed in person at the State Historical Society, Division of Historic Preservation. #650: #38-21. Historical Background The Episcopal Church in Fish Creek was built in 1878. At the time, the congregation consisted of twenty members, led by Mrs. L.M. Griswold, wife of a sawmill owner, and Sarah Jeffcott, a widowed schoolteacher. Itinerant Episcopal clergyman Rev. Joseph Jameson served the congregation, which received attention as a mission church from the first bishop of the Diocese of Fond du Lac, Bishop Brown. The building utilized the foundations of an unfinished dwelling of Charles Gessler, a local fisherman. Mr. Griswold donated the lumber for construction. It is the oldest church in the village. Historical Significance Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, 1985. Architectural Description Carpenter Gothic in style, the Church of the Atonement is a side gable building with projecting ells and entrance tower. The sides are vertical board and batten. The multi-gable roof is clad in wood shingles. The four-over-four double hung wood sash windows are capped by unusual pedimented hoods with raised vertical detail. The simple handsome church rests on a stone foundation. Architectural Significance Listed on the National Register of historic places, 1985.

Bibliographic References: A. Edward and Lois Schreiber, editors, Fish Creek Voices, An Oral History of a Door County Village, (Sister Bay, WI: Wm Caxton Ltd), 1990. B. Door County Almanak No. 5: Tourism, Resorts, Transportation, (Sister Bay, WI: The Dragonsbreath Press), 1990. C. Gibraltar Historical Association Questionnaire, Church of the Atonement (owner) response, 1986.


Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation-Public History, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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