Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Postcard: St. Mary's

Here's another classic Grand Forks postcard. St. Mary's Catholic Church still stands at 216 Belmont Road just south of downtown. I really like this postcard. Notice the fact that, in the old picture, there are very few large trees around the church - this part of town now has so many large trees lining the streets. The park setting across the street from St. Mary's still exists today and is the home of the Grand Army of the Republic statue. I would like to have provided some historic background on the church, but I've been having a tough time finding much out. Does anyone know when St. Mary's was constructed? When was the school building added? Check out this page on Flickr for some more interesting St. Mary's photos from the present day.

Interior shot - Denise Drake Interior Design


Anonymous said...

Wow! I didn't know how beautiful it was inside this chuch! I've lived in the GF area all of my life, but have never been in St. Mary's! Hopefully sometime I will be able to get inside this beauty!

Anonymous said...

Echoing the previous comment, and the individual photos on that mentioned Flickr site are all just as beautiful.

I don't know how you found the site, GFG, but I'm grateful for you sharing it!

St. Mary's, St. Mike's...the Catholic churches in Warsaw and Florian, MN---beautiful!

Anonymous said...

St Mary's school opened in 1929 according to D Jerome Tweton's Pictorial History of Grand Forks. St Michaels was the first Catholic school in Grand Forks.

Lynsey said...

I was in St. Mary's for a wedding in January, and the church looked amazing. I'm actually considering moving my hometown nuptials to GF so I can use this church.

wel692 said...

I went to school there in the 70's and it was a wonderful place, Father Senger was the priest then,I have a black and white picture that has the school but no gym. I think from the 20's it was given to me by an elderly lady who well into her 80's when I was 8 or 9 she lived behind the church is an apartment there were several in a row then,