Corpus Christi RC Church - Table of Contents

Corpus Christi RC Church - Exterior
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Corpus Christi Official Website
Visitors: Church is open weekdays. Call 716-896-1050 for hours.

Erected:

1907-1909 at a cost of $200,000.00.
Restored 1970

Architect:

Karl G. Schmill and Gould

Style:

Romanesque Revival

Exterior building material:

Brownstone from the Hummelstown Brownstone Company in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania

Status:

National Register of Historic Places

TEXT Beneath Illustrations


Postcard


2002 photos
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Clark Street (west) facade

An East side landmark


Raking corbel table

Rose window

Compound arch in the door surround

Quatrefoil in the tympanum

Foliated compound arch in the door surround

North (right) side of church




Curved apse





Exterior building material: Brownstone from the Hummelstown Brownstone Company in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. The quarries were the premiere brownstone quarries of the Commonwealth at the turn of the last century.  Originally opened by German settlers in the late 18th Century, these pits became one of the finest sources of brownstone (as regards both quality and durability) in the northeastern quadrant of the United States.  Although not as large as the vast quarries at Portland, Connecticut, they were their equal in every respect and a worthy competitor of most other brownstone quarries including those at Medina and Moscow New York. 

The Walton Family (owners of the Hummelstown Brownstone Company) published a handsome advertising booklet around 1910 which listed almost 400 structures built of their stone, but Corpus Christi Church did not appear on that list.  The verification for the source of the stone in that church, however, appears in Ralph W. Stone's book Building Stones of Pennsylvania. - Ben Olena

See also: "Sandstones," from Building Stones and Clay-Products: A Handbook for Architects, by Heinrich Ries, 1912, First Edition.


Special thanks to Corpus Christi Pastor Rev. Karl Kolodziejski, OFM, for his cooperation in 2002
Photos and their arrangement 2002 Chuck LaChiusa
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