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Lewistown in Fergus County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Saint Leo's Catholic Church

Lewistown Central Business Historic District

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 17, 2019
1. Saint Leo's Catholic Church Marker
Inscription.  Lewistown’s first Catholic church was a small frame structure built in 1888. Visiting priests from distant St. Peter’s Mission, Great Falls, and Fort Benton celebrated mass for the French-Canadian, Indian, and settler congregations. The first resident pastor was appointed in 1893. Less than fifteen years later, Lewistown experienced the beginning of a population boom that extended to 1917. When the Catholic population reached a peak in 1915-16, the need for a new Catholic church became critical. The resident pastor, Reverend Victor J. Van den Broeck, and his building committee chose the well-known firm of Link and Haire to design the new church. Despite the architects’ concerns that the site was too swampy, work on the new church began in July 1915. Bishop Mathias Lenihan of Great Falls dedicated the new structure on November 12, 1916. The design of St. Leo’s Catholic Church incorporates a blend of Italian Early Christian and Romanesque styling on a Roman cross plan. The campanile, or bell tower, rises to a height of 95 feet. Blind arcading, exterior buttressing, rose windows, and intricate brickwork with terra cotta highlights complement the
Saint Leo's Catholic Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 17, 2019
2. Saint Leo's Catholic Church Marker
The marker is at the far left.
integrity and nobility of this magnificent building. During renovation of the interior in 1991-92, the original tabernacle was restored to use and the earliest confessionals were re- fashioned into the present altar.
 
Erected by The Montana National Register Sign Program.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program marker series.
 
Location. 47° 4.016′ N, 109° 25.538′ W. Marker is in Lewistown, Montana, in Fergus County. Marker is at the intersection of West Broadway Street and 2nd Avenue North, on the right when traveling west on West Broadway Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 198 West Broadway Street, Lewistown MT 59457, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wiedeman Apartments (within shouting distance of this marker); Knerr-Tubb Block / Armory Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mackey Building (Montana Tavern) (about 300 feet away); Warr Building (about 400 feet away); Hopkins Grocery (about 400 feet away); US Land Office/Warr Building (about 400 feet away); The Hub (about 400 feet away); Montana Building (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewistown.
 
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Saint Leo's Catholic Church image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 17, 2019
3. Saint Leo's Catholic Church
Saint Leo's Catholic Church image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 17, 2019
4. Saint Leo's Catholic Church
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 12, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 12, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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