While most Maplewoodians are familiar with the beautiful 1925 church of the Immaculate Conception at Marshall and Moller, few realize that the parish began in an earlier building constructed in 1904-5. This building still exists just behind and east of the more well known edifice. Take a look.
First a little history. This article is from The Observer newspaper, Sept. 10, 1958. This edition featured Maplewood’s 50th anniversary called the Golden Jubilee. Courtesy of the Maplewood Public Library.
This is the earliest photo I’ve been able to locate. It is from a postcard. The image was probably made when the building was just a few years old judging from other postcards I’ve found that appear to be from the same set. Inset is the building as it looked in 2008. Note that one of the twin entrys (to separate the sexes?) has been replaced by an addition. Also the large stained glass window has been removed. The historic image is courtesy of Andrew Rochman.
This image is from the 1915 Maplewood Business Directory. Courtesy of the Maplewood Public Library.
A closeup of the terra cotta ornament in the brick gable end.
The southern elevation seen in this 2010 photo retains one of the original entrys.
The very beautiful 1925 building by the architect, Henry P. Hess with its freestanding campanile.
A detail of the cornice of the campanile in 2010.
The graceful proportions of the Italianate design are in evidence throughout.
A seat on top of the copper cross must certainly afford a good view.