From St. Jean-Baptiste to Holy Family

August's Past & Present Pic

Top image: Duluth Public Library; Bottom image; Jim Davis
Top image: Duluth Public Library; Bottom image; Jim Davis

This month’s Past & Present pic takes us to Duluth’s West End (aka “Lincoln Park”), where in 1904 Duluth Catholics of French and French-Canadian ancestry built a new St. Jean-Baptiste Catholic Church at 2432 West Third Street in 1904. That same year the congregation sold its 1885 church building at 1100 West Superior Street to a group of Italians who would rename it St. Peter’s and use it until building a magnificent stone church in 1925. In 1975 St. Jean-Baptiste absorbed the congregation of nearby St. Clement’s, built in 1911 to serve Duluth’s German Catholics, and then joined with Sts. Peter and Paul’s, built by Polish Catholics. In 1996 St. Jean-Baptiste was razed and replaced by the Holy Family Catholic Church, shown in the lower half of the photo.

August's Past & Present Pic

4 Responses to From St. Jean-Baptiste to Holy Family

  1. How come they never show pictures of the school next to the church. Went there in 8th grade 1970 but have no pictures or history on it.

  2. Bing-when I realized they were the same trees I though the same thing. That is one of my favorite parts when I took this shot. Thanks for the comments guys.

  3. St. Jean’s didn’t have a bell, but St. Clement’s and Ss. Peter and Paul both did. Living between the two Catholic parishes, in my childhood playing outdoors I could hear both bells at noon (time for lunch) and 5 p.m. (supper time). The clanging of the bells was very ecumenical. Even we Lutherans appreciated them.

  4. It looks like the two trees in both pictures have seen a lot of history come and go. God’s trees have sure grown.

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