Tuesday, May 10, 2011

St. Francis de Sales Church



The parishioners of St. Francis de Sales found a need for a larger church and in 1878, laid the cornerstone for this church designed by architect Francis George Himpler. The church is of a middle German and French Gothic style church made of limestone. The church was dedicated in 1879. In 1895 the bell named, “Big Joe” after Joseph T. Buddeke – the largest donor to the project was added. The bell is the largest swinging bell ever cast in the United States. It weighs 35,000 pounds, is 9 feet in diameter, 7 feet from top to bottom, and was cast in Cincinnati by the E. W. Van Duzen Company. Rumor has it that when the bell was first rung it could be heard within a 15-mile radius and it shattered windows in the neighborhood. Today a foot hammer on the edge of the bell is used instead of the large clapper and the bell is rung three times a day.

St. Francis de Sales Church
1600 Madison Road, East Walnut Hills

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