This is St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Terrebonne, Minnesota, and it is a place in danger of being demolished.
Update: This church was demolished in a controlled burn on April 29th, 2016. Some of the photos on this page are featured in our book, Churches of the High Plains, which you can order in our store, or ask for it at your favorite local book store or gift shop.
According to the Star Tribune, the Crookston Diocese sent a letter to parishioners in March as notice of their intent to knock down St. Anthony’s by the end of 2015 due to maintenance costs and concerns over black mold and a sloping floor due to frost heaves.
There is a local group, passionate about preserving this place, and they’ve done a fantastic job raising the funds to delay demolition thus far, but they need your help to save this church. Their Facebook page is here.
There was a very friendly and pettable golden retriever who paid me a visit while I was at St. Anthony’s.
Anybody know if there’s anything in this cornerstone? Hopefully, it will be another hundred years before we find out.
Photos by Troy Larson, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC