Holy Cross Catholic Church
Holy Cross Catholic Church is the oldest church in Columbus.
The church began in 1833, and the present building was dedicated in 1848.
Backstory and Context
The present building was officially dedicated on Jan. 19, 1848. The building features 800,000 bricks. A fire caused major damage in 1877. As repairs were made, spaces were enlarged and rooms were added. Zettler Studioes of Germany designed and installed stained glass windows after World War I.
The church membership had ups and downs through the years. A church split led to the creation of St. Patrick Church in 1851. Holy Cross also purchased the land for what is now St. Mary Church. So much early growth led to the creation of the Diocese of Columbus in 1868.
The building has also had repairs and improvements over time. In the early 2000s, the brick exterior got improvements. Other upgrades included a new roof, new sound system, new heating and cooling system, restoration of the stained glass windows, new asphalt parking lot, a prayer garden and a new hardwood floor.