Title: CALVARY EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Location Current Site: Golden CO UNITED STATES
Creator Assoc Person Name: Urgo,Mikaela
Creator Assoc Person Role: Photographer
Subject.Image Description: View of Roof
Description.Image Comments: four different renovations sanctuary addition between 1868 and 1903. guild hall and tower added in 1903. educational wing in 1954. Columbarium built in 1991
Style/Period: Gothic (Medieval)
Subject Image View Type: Exterior, general view
Description.Subject Report: The CALVARY EPISCOPAL CHURCH in GOLDEN, Colorado, built in 1867, is the oldest Episcopal Church in Colorado. Father John H. Kehler of the Episcopal Church was one of the first Christian missionaries to visit Golden. In June of 1866, Right Reverend George Maxwell Randall came to Denver and made his first plan for a university, which would include a School of Mines and became Jarvis Hall. Bishop Randall was the first missionary bishop of the Colorado Territory, sent from the east to "civilize" the gold rush territory. Bishop Randall settled in Golden, founding the Calvary Episcopal Mission, initially a church and school. Original funding for The School of Mines, also located in Golden was given by Cavalry Episcopal church. Colorado Pioneers such as William A. H. Loveland, John J. Bush, Silas W. Fisher, and Joseph B. Cass donated three lots of land for the site for the church. All, other funding was in the form of gifts or donations to the Church. Adolph and Louisa Coors (of Coors Beer) donated stained glass windows for the east and west facades. There was a $1,000 anonymous donation, as well as the stained glass windows sent from churches in Boston and New Jersey. On September 4th, 1867 groundbreaking took place at 13th Street and Arapahoe Street. Bishop Randall placed the cornerstone at 3 PM on September 23, 1867. Construction lasted until 1868. This original Gothic Style church measures 25 x 50 feet. The foundation of the Church, originally made of course rubble sandstone masonry, sits half exposed because of the building's hillside location. The walls are made of a fine brick with a lime mortar similar to that of the foundation, with a softer aggregate. The original north-south gabled roof structure is made of wood shingles atop a timber frame. The architect is unknown, but John H. Parsons served as the stone and bricklayer for the original chapel and was the "contractor in essence". Since Cavalry's establishment, the building itself has undergone four renovations. The sanctuary addition extended the original south wall 10.7'. The exact date of the sanctuary addition in unknown, but estimated after 1868 and before 1903. The Guild Hall and tower were added in 1903. The Guild Hall is a 20' x 30' addition perpendicular to the original nave. The education wing was constructed in 1954, which completed the church block and added a second floor above the Guild Hall. Lastly, the Columbarium, which is a wall, which holds the remains of the deceased and landscaping, was completed in 1991. (Mikaela Urgo, 2001)
ID Number.Former Image Accession VISC: 91880
Rights Description: Copyright owned by The Regents of the University of Colorado, a body corporate, and the photographer. All rights reserved.
Source.Requestor Full Name: Lickteig, Lynn
Collection Name: Architecture and Planning Collection
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