St. Raphael Catholic Church

The historic St. Raphael Catholic Church in Springfield, Ohio The historic St. Raphael Catholic Church in Springfield, Ohio The historic St. Raphael Catholic Church in Springfield, Ohio The historic St. Raphael Catholic Church in Springfield, Ohio
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Prior to the construction of St. Raphael Catholic Church, the few Catholic families living in Springfield in the mid-1800′s generally held services in private homes and, at times, available public halls. Construction on the original church began in 1848 on this plot of land that was purchased several years prior. Construction was completed in 1849.

In the Spring of 1892, demolition began to make way for the stone, Gothic Revival style building that exists today. The church was designed by prominent Springfield architect, Charles A. Cregar. Construction on the new St. Raphael Catholic Church was completed in 1898 and came at a cost of $75,000. The west tower is 184 feet in height and the east tower, which contained the bell, is 135 feet high. At the time of its completion, St. Raphael was visible for many miles in every direction and still is today.

Narrated by Larry Coressel of Springfield Stage Works

References:

  • Prince, B.F. (1901) The centennial celebration of Springfield, Ohio, held August 4th to 10th, 1901. Springfield, Ohio: Springfield Publishing Company.
  • Irish catholic families in Springfield, Clark County, Ohio. IrishGeneology.com. Retrieved July 16, 2013.
  • Saint Raphael Church Springfield, Ohio. OhioMemory.org. Retrieved July 16 2013.

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