As part of our renovations, Autenriebs will be restoring the altar that we purchased from Wisconsin. This piece has been stored in the hall during the renovations. It is a butternut wood with Gothic spires and gold leafing. The altar is reminiscent of the original altar that was in our church.
The altar had previously been in a church in Wisconsin that was part of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Later, when that church closed, it was used in a monastery for Tridentine Masses. When the monastery closed, a man named Louis Svoren purchased it to preserve it and prevent any unholy use.
For Christmas of 1986, Louis commissioned the restoration of the altar “For the Love of Jesus on His Birth Day”. The photograph shows the notation that was found on the back of the altar.
As we near the celebration of the birth
of our dear Savior,
how fitting it is that,
for the LOVE OF JESUS,
we are working to honor Him by
making our church
a beautiful and fitting home for Him!
After the 1949 Remodel
When cutting circular holes for new recessed lighting in the choir loft, Paul Goeckner of Goeckner Electric made an interesting discovery!
The removal of portions of the Celotex ceiling tiles revealed the old plaster ceiling which had been stenciled with colors of salmon, rust, purple, white and blue. These colors had been applied in the 1949 redecoration that was completed by Max Autenrieb. Covered for many years, the stenciled paint is still bright.
The pieces removed from the ceiling are shown. The photograph from after the 1949 remodel shows a bit of the ceiling with the stenciled decorations.
It is interesting to try to match the designs in the pieces to the pattern on the ceiling!
Before the 1949 redecoration, the ceiling had a different decoration—shown in the photograph from 1948.
When the church was redecorated under the care of Fr. Klink in 1959,
the plaster ceiling was covered with Celotex tiles.