The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration

The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration (HM18SD)

Location: Belle Plaine, MN 56011 Scott County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 37.473', W 93° 45.815'

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In 1867 a New York architect sent the plans for a new church in Belle Plaine to Bishop Whipple. The church was built in 1868 on land contributed by Territorial Judge Andrew G. Chatfield, founder of Belle Plaine. The congregation organized in 1858 and peaked in 1871, when the Parochial Report to the Diocese showed 16 families with a total of 70 members.

In the 1860s and 1870s immigrants were coming to the Minnesota River Valley in large numbers from Germany, Ireland and Czechoslovakia. These Lutherans and Roman Catholics brought their own clergy and formed ethnic churches having no need for an English - speaking Episcopal Church. For some, the Episcopal Church had an aristocratic image that made it seem incompatible with frontier life. The congregation slowly dwindled and disbanded in the 1950s.

The architecture of the church is Prairie Gothic. Pointed arches, a steeply gabled roof, and functional buttresses made out of wood characterized this architectural style. The Episcopal Church's employment of Gothic architecture, popular at the time, symbolized tradition and history in the newly settled Minnesota River Valley.

Erected in 1999
Scott County Historical Society
HM NumberHM18SD
Additional InformationThis church was added to National Register of Historic Places on April 17, 1980, NRHP Reference#: 80002159
Series This marker is part of the Minnesota: Scott County Historical Society series
Historical Period19th Century, 20th Century
Historical PlaceChurch/House of Worship, National Register of Historic Places
Marker TypeHistoric Building
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleFree Standing
Year Placed1999
Placed ByThe Scott County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 5:50pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 439426 N 4941527
Decimal Degrees44.62455000, -93.76358333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 37.473', W 93° 45.815'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 37' 28.3800" N, 93° 45' 48.9000" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)952, 507
Can be seen from road?Yes
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201-299 Co Hwy 6, Belle Plaine MN 56011, US
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