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Old St. Mary's Church

Identification

Old St. Mary's Church
St. Mary's Church, St. Marien Kirche
234314

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Structure in General

church
existing [completed]

Usages

church

Facts

  • Old St. Mary's, or St. Marien Kirche, was the largest church in the Ohio Valley when constructed.
  • It primarily served German Catholic immigrants in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood just north of downtown.
  • The church's bell was cast in 1843 by Levi Coffin, a prominent Quaker and leading figure in the Underground Railroad, which ferried slaves from the southern United States to freedom in Canada. His house near Richmond, Indiana was a stopping point for over 2,000 slaves over his lifetime.
  • Old St. Mary's is the oldest church standing in Cincinnati. It continues to conduct mass in German, English, and Latin.
  • The parish's founder, Father John Martin Henni, went on to found the Milwaukee Diocese and Marquette University.

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Location

123 East 13th Street
1250 Clay Street
123 East 13th Street
45202
Over-the-Rhine
Cincinnati
Ohio
U.S.A.

Technical Data

170.00 ft
142.00 ft
66.00 ft
1841
1842

Involved Companies

Franz Ignatz Erd

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