Wednesday, January 26, 2011

St. Paul's Church

St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church was built in 1850 and was a German speaking parish. The building is a brick Romanesque structure with Doric pilasters, a Renaissance tower with a Pope’s Mitre cupola and gilded cross, and large stained glass windows that were made in Germany. In 1899 a fire destroyed everything but the walls and stained glass windows of the church but the church was quickly rebuilt and in 1900, it was rededicated. In 1975, the church closed its doors but in 1981 the Verdin Company purchased the church and surrounding buildings. The Verdin company received an award from the Ohio Historical Society for the restoration and adaptive use of the church. Today the church is the Bell Event Centre which can be booked for banquets and receptions. The space of the church is also used as a bell and clock museum.

The Church and area around 12th and Pendleton Street are part of the St. Paul Church Historic District and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

St. Paul’s Church (Bell Event Centre)
Twelfth and Spring Streets, Pendleton

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