Church of Saint Mary's (New Trier, Minnesota)

Church of St Mary's--Catholic

The Church of Saint Mary's from the south-southwest
Location New Trier, Minnesota
Coordinates 44°36′11.4″N 92°56′7.6″W / 44.603167°N 92.935444°W / 44.603167; -92.935444Coordinates: 44°36′11.4″N 92°56′7.6″W / 44.603167°N 92.935444°W / 44.603167; -92.935444
Area 3.7 acres (1.5 ha)
Architect Ries, George J.
Architectural style Beaux-Arts
NRHP Reference # 79001233[1]
Added to NRHP December 31, 1979

The Church of Saint Mary's is a 1909 Beaux-Arts Catholic church, located at 8433 239th Street East, New Trier in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The bright red building sits high on a hill overlooking the town, which was settled by German immigrants from Trier.[2][3] The immigrants began arriving in 1854, and in 1857, they built a log church. In 1864, they built a larger stone church on a hill above the town.[4]

In 1909 the congregation decided to build a new, larger church. George J. Ries of St. Paul, who also designed the Church of St. Agnes, used a Beaux-Arts style for the new church. It is built of red brick and can be seen from miles, being perched on a hilltop. The cornerstone from the old church is installed in the vestibule, and a five-foot tall statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary from 1862 is located in a shrine above the main entrance.[4]

The church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its association with the German immigrants who almost exclusively populated southeastern Dakota County beginning in 1854.[5]

See also


  1. National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. Kirby, Jennifer. "Historic Homes of Minnesota". Retrieved 2008-02-25.
  3. Nord, Mary Ann (2003). The National Register of Historic Places in Minnesota. Minnesota Historical Society. ISBN 0-87351-448-3.
  4. 1 2 Alan K. Lathrop (2003). Churches Of Minnesota: An Illustrated Guide. University of Minnesota Press. p. 133. ISBN 0816629099.
  5. Reynolds, Susan Pommering (1979-06-08). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory—Nomination Form: St. Mary's Church (Catholic)" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
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