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St. Mary’s Catholic Church stands tall among the structures in Janesville. This late Gothic Revival-style church includes a tall steeple, pointed arch windows, and beautiful stained glass.


  • St. Mary's standing tall today. Notice the subtle lean of the church spire.

St. Mary’s Congregation was formed in 1876 as an alternative to the quickly growing St. Patrick’s Church, located in the Fourth Ward of the city. St. Mary’s started off in a small wooden building in 1876, but in 1902, constructed the church still standing today. Mark Kemp, an architect from Beloit, is credited with the design and construction of the church. St. Mary’s School was developed in 1913 and, in 1928, construction of the school was finished.