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Assumption Catholic Church

Assumption Catholic Church


Assumption Catholic Church

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119 NW 7th St, originally 106 Upper 7th St
Evansville, IN

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1872 Church moves in from original location
1900s Tower added to church
1965 Assumption is sold to the city and razed to make way for the Civic Center


North side of 7th St (M L King Jr Blvd) and Vine
District: Downtown
Latitude: 37.974806770895
Longitude: -87.568765282631
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Style: Byzantine
Architect: Mursinna, Henry

The church is of Romanesque style of architecture, of brick with stone trimmings and is said to be one of the most substantial church edifices in the west.


In April 1871 a lot was purchased at Seventh St and Vine St with funds from the sale of the old church. Father McDermott realized that the congregation would grow rapidly and built the church on a grand scale. The work began in 1872, and the cornerstone was laid on July 7 by Bishop le St. Palais with Very Rev. Bede O'Connor as speaker. The beautiful new Assumption church cost $75,000.

Next to it is the Sisters' Home and next to that the hall and school building which cost about $7,000. school in house on corner where rectory now stands two story brick building built in 1881

Tower added >1895 <1910 (detail in 1895 sanborn)

A new school was built in 1928 replacing the old building.

In 1944 the Diocese of Evansville was created, and Evansville became the See City for twelve southwestern Indiana counties. Assumption Church became the cathedral church for the newly-formed diocese. Henry J. Grimmelsman was consecrated as first Bishop of Evansville on December 21, 1944 and resided in the first chancery located in the Reitz Home.

When the plans for the new Civic Center were approved, the church was sold to city. Assumption Cathedral held its last mass January 17, 1965, and the cathedral moved to Holy Trinity Pro-Cathedral once the church closed. Sadly, the beautiful 93-year-old church was razed in May 1965. The Winfield K Denton Federal Building, which includes the downtown post office, is now on this site.


The church had to get approval from the Vatican to sell the land to Evansville.

When Assumption was torn down, Holy Trinity became the oldest Catholic parish in Evansville.

See also Assumption School New Assumption School
Press article - Church history (6/11/1933)
Press article - Newly formed Evansville diocese (11/16/1944)
Press article - Church history during closing (8/31/1963)
Press article - Cathedral tolls own knell (1/17/1965)
Press article - Last service (1/18/1965)
Press article - Demolition (2/14/1965)
Press article - Picture of razing (3/7/1965)
Press article - Steeple demolition (3/18/1965) Churches / Religion Downtown district

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