117 N 7th | Quincy, IL
- Magnificent terrazzo floors & stone walls / 160-ft steel steeple.
- Designed in 1962 by architect John Benya
- On the Most 150 Significant Structures in IL list
- 160 ft steeple shell with stainless steel interior
- Mass site of Father Tolton, first Black priest in US
- Potawatomie Trail of Death marker
- Mass site attended by the Potawatomi Indians in 1838.
Built on the site where Augustine Tolton’s first Solemn High Mass occurred in Quincy upon his return as America’s first African-American Priest.
Here’s a little history from 1873 to 1886. When no other seminary in the US would accept Augustine because of his race, several Quincy priests outlined a study plan for him. In 1878 St. Francis College (now Quincy University) enrolled Augustine. Augustine proceeded on as a seminarian to the Propaganda in Rome and was ordained at St. John Lateran Basilica. There is a plaque on the south side of the church building.
1st Mass: Augustine returned to Quincy as a missionary and celebrated his first Solemn High Mass in the community at St. Boniface in 1886.
1962 / MID-CENTURY MODERN / JOHN BENYA architect