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516 BRAZEAU AVE

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516 BRAZEAU AVE | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
NAMES
Historic Name:ST. PETER'S CATHOLIC CHURCH
Other Name:ST. PETER'S CATHOLIC CHURCH
Contributing:
Reference Number:23284
PROPERTY LOCATION
Location (Address):516 BRAZEAU AVE
County:Oconto
City:Oconto
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PROPERTY FEATURES
Year Built:1899
Additions:
Survey Date:1978
Historic Use:church
Architectural Style:Romanesque Revival
Structural System:
Wall Material:Brick
Architect:HENRY FOELLER
Other Buildings On Site:
Demolished?:No
Demolished Date:
DESIGNATIONS
National/State Register Listing Name: St. Peter's and St. Joseph's Catholic Churches
National Register Listing Date:11/10/1980 12:00:00 AM
State Register Listing Date:1/1/1989 12:00:00 AM
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NOTES
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 Wisconsin Historical Society, Division of Historic Preservation.

CENTRAL 5 STORY TOWER W/LARGE BELFRY AND METAL CONICAL ROOF W/FINIAL. TOWER FLANKED BY NARROW 2 STORY HIP-ROOF WINGS. RECESSED ROUND ARCH DOOR IN PEAKED ARCH ENTRY SURROUND. TOWER & FRONT 2 STORY ROUND ARCH ARCADE DIVIDING BAYS. ROUND ARCH STAINED GLASS WINDOW.

This impressive example of Romanesque Revival architecture was inspired by the medieval Romanesque churches of France, an appropriate choice for a congregation of predominantly French and French-Canadian ancestry. St. Peter’s plan is basilican, with a polygonal apse. An unusual two-story, rectangular narthex dominates the red-brick main facade. A tall central tower bisecting the narthex rises above the gabled entry portal in three stages and is crowned by a conical roof. The massiveness of these elements is a hallmark of the Romanesque, as are the round-headed arches that outline the soaring brick arcades framing dramatically narrow round-headed windows. Foeller’s bold, imposing composition is conspicuous among Wisconsin churches.
Bibliographic References:"LUMBER ERA OCONTO TOUR". Oconto Falls Oconto County Times Herald 2/5/1997. Green Bay Press Gazette 1/31/1997. Oconto County Reporter 2/19/1997. Oconto County Reporter 12/10/1997. Buildings of Wisconsin manuscript.
RECORD LOCATION
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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