St. John Baptist Church
715 Sixth Street S.W. Mason City, Iowa
Because of meager and limited resources of the congregation, the edifice was constructed in stages. The basement level was started in 1919 and served as the sanctuary worshiping space for the congregation for 19 years. The committed congregational visionaries labored for several more years to construct the current church structure.
The construction of the church is unique in that it was built with lime stone blocks, windows, and other building materials recovered and purchased for $600 from the demolished former elementary grant school that once stood at 503 6th Street SW. The school was razed in 1937. Additional building materials from the razed school site were purchased for $1100 after a tag day sale. A distinctive building block from the razed school lies upside down on the rear of the church that reads “schoo“. The upper
The current standing building of the St. John Baptist Church is the result of the vision and labor of
Building Committee Members
Mrs. Reed Allen, President William B. Martin, Treasurer
Rev. J. Lee Lewis, Advisor
Overton H. Burrell • James T. Jeffries • Arron E. Macer • Benjamin F. Parker
Rev. James M. Eaves, Pastor
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Churches & Religion. A significant historical date for this entry is September 21, 1920.
Location. 43° 8.775′ N, 93° 12.746′ W. Marker is in Mason City, Iowa, in Cerro Gordo County. Marker is at the intersection of 6th Street SW and South Jackson Avenue, on the right when traveling east on 6th Street SW. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 715 Sixth St SW, Mason City IA 50401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cronin-Dexter Camp No. 28 United Spanish War Veterans (approx. 0.6 miles away); Replica of the Statue of Liberty (approx. 0.7 miles away); Mason City Area Veterans Monument (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Historic Park Inn Hotel and City National Bank (approx. 0.7 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.7
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