St. Augustine Church

St. Augustine Church (HM14FW)

Location: Shullsburg, WI 53586 Lafayette County
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N 42° 32.017', W 90° 20.034'

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Striking in its classical simplicity, this little frame church 30x50 has stood on the New Diggings Hill since its construction in 1844-47 as a place of worship for the Irish mining families of the vicinity. A beautiful example of Greco-Gothic Revival architecture, it was designed and constructed by Father Samuel Mazzuchelli OP (1806-1864) who served as itinerant missionary, pastor, and builder in the tri-state area during his years of ministry (1835-1864) in the American Midwest. The exterior is plank siding, scored and painted to resemble large blocks of limestone. The interior has hand-hewn pews, a carved altar, and sanctuary carpeting that reproduces the original. The famous Meneely bell in the tower was brought from the Meneely foundry in West Troy, New York and installed in 1847. Below the church is a small school room where a Dominican sister from Sinsinawa taught 60 pupils in the late 1840's. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Father Samuel Mazzuchelli Assembly, Knights of Columbus provided for a historical restoration of the church to its original beauty in 2007.
HM NumberHM14FW
Year Placed2007
Placed ByFather Samuel Mazzuchelli Assembly, Knights of Columbus
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Date Added Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 4:20pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 718952 N 4712470
Decimal Degrees42.53361667, -90.33390000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 32.017', W 90° 20.034'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 32' 1.02" N, 90° 20' 2.04" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 26233 Hill St, Shullsburg WI 53586, US
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  1. I worked on the crew that restored this church in 2007. Before we started, there wasn't an inch of color on the exterior, just gray weathered wood. I'm proud of all the restoration projects I've worked on in the last 40 years but this is one of my favorite.

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