Details for Sacred Heart Catholic Church (Atlas Number 5477012286)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5477012286


Marker Number 12286
Atlas Number 5477012286
Marker Title Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Index Entry Sacred Heart Catholic Church
City Brenham
County Washington
UTM Zone
UTM Easting
UTM Northing
Subject Codes Czech immigrants/immigration; Georgian Revial (Architectural style); eccesiastical buildings; Roman Catholic denomination; churches
Marker Year 1999
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location 12 mi. SW of Brenham on FM 389 to Latium; .9 mi. E on Sacred Heart Road
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text The first Czechs in this area arrived about 1860. Father Joseph Chromcik became the first Catholic priest to organize worship services in Latium in 1873 in the home of settlers such as Martin Supak. This structure was erected in 1918 on land purchased from George and Anna Baron. Built by local contractor Linnus Pivonka, the $1700 church building was paid for in part by the Catholic Extension Society of Chicago, Illinois, and by parishioners. The structure has remained remarkably unchanged and continues to serve a predominately Czech community. It is a beautifully preserved vernacular interpretation of a Gothic revival church in a rural setting. Its narrow, pointed arched windows and projecting central tower typify the style and form. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1999