St. Peter’s recognized for architectural significance

SHERIDAN — St. Peter’s Episcopal Church has been added to the National Register of Historic Places for its architectural significance.

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is located at 1 S. Tschirgi St. The church was designed in the Gothic Revival style in 1911, constructed in 1912 and formally dedicated in 1916. Additions to the building were made in 1958.

Church member Margaret Pilch led the effort to get the church listed on the registry, with assistance from Brian Beadles, a historian with the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office.
“Because our 100th birthday was last year, I thought we needed to get it up on the registry because it is a beautiful church,” said Pilch. “So I volunteered to write the application.”

The application process took two years and involved much research on architecture and the history of the church.

The original building was designed by architect Edward Ellsworth Hendrickson of the Frank Miles Day firm in Philadelphia. The building rests on a foundation of concrete and Dutch Creek sandstone quarried in Sheridan County. The walls are brick.
The majority of the historic materials and features of the church including the arched openings, engaged buttresses, parapet walls, grand tower, exposed brick in the sanctuary, exposed trusses, decorative beams with carved dentils, original oak pews and the dark stained woodwork still remain intact. Minor changes and maintenance have taken place over time, but have not altered the character defining features of the building.

According to Pilch, there are only six Sheridan churches still standing that were built prior to 1930 and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is one of only three designed in the Gothic Revival style.
In addition to St. Peter’s, First Congregational Church (1912) and the former Lutheran Immanuel Church (1907) are examples of Gothic Revival architecture.

The church is open for viewing of the historic architectural features Monday through Friday during office hours, by appointment, or Sunday services. St. Peter’s 100th birthday was celebrated in October 2012.

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