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117 ALLEN ST

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NAMES
Historic Name:Notre Dame Church and Goldsmith Memorial Chapel
Other Name:Notre Dame Church and Goldsmith Memorial Chapel
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Reference Number:3137
PROPERTY LOCATION
Location (Address):117 ALLEN ST
County:Chippewa
City:Chippewa Falls
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PROPERTY FEATURES
Year Built:1872
Additions:
Survey Date:1978
Historic Use:church
Architectural Style:Romanesque Revival
Structural System:
Wall Material:Brick
Architect:CHARLES S. SEDGEWICK
Other Buildings On Site:
Demolished?:No
Demolished Date:
DESIGNATIONS
National/State Register Listing Name: Notre Dame Church and Goldsmith Memorial Chapel
National Register Listing Date:4/7/1983 12:00:00 AM
State Register Listing Date:1/1/1989 12:00:00 AM
National Register Multiple Property Name:Notre Dame Parish Thematic Resources
NOTES
Additional Information:ROUND ARCH AND ROUND WINDOWS. STATUE OF JESUS W/CHILD & INSCRIPTION 'IN MEMORY OF THE PIONEERS'.

Gable with tower round arched windows and door; square entrance tower flanking facade with bracketed pyramidal roof; large stained glass window in facade; round buttress flanking facade; foundation stone work similar to houses at 206 and 210 E. Central (18-27; 18-26).

Built partly as a memorial chapel and partly as the fulfillment of Father Goldsmith's wishes, the Goldsmith Chapel was constructed of preswed brick an white stone trimmings in the round arch Romanesque Revival style in 1894. (A) Designed by local architect H.F. Allen, (A) the Goldssmith Chapel design includes a prominent square entrance tower, gabled facade and round buttress as well as round arched entrance portal and a large arched front stained glass window occupying a large area of the facade.

An excellent example of a small Romanesque Revival Chpael, the Goldsmith Chpael was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on April 4, 1983 as part of a Notre Dame Multiple Nomination.

Father D.F.X. Goldsmith arrived in Chippewa Falls in May, 1869. He was the first pastor of the Notre Dame Parish, established in 1885. He was the driving force behind the establishment of the school, convent, school library and many organizations. He also served smaller communities in nearby rural areas and frequently visited the lumber camps in the north to minister to the lumberyards. Father Goldsmith died in 1890. (A)

This Chapel was built both in memory of Father Goldsmith and out of respect for his wishes to construct such a Chapel following his death (A)

This structure is part of the historic Notre Dame complex listed with the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

#650: Notre Dame Church (20-6) Rectory (20-7) Grade School (20-5) Convent (20-14) High School (18-37).
Bibliographic References:A. Diamond Jubilee Souvenir and Hisotry of Notre Dame Church (Chippewa, 1931) pp. 30-32, 40, 56-59. B. Building Inscription.
RECORD LOCATION
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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