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Saint Augustine's Cultural Center

NOTICE!

Our Dedication and Celebration has been rescheduled for September 27th.

We will be updating this page with details soon.

However, we have a ton of great reasons for you to visit Austin before September. In the process of restoration, we have ended up with an incredible inventory of architectural salvage and other surplus items. This includes a large amount of 'barn wood', several pews, even a claw-foot tub! We will take pictures and put them up on our website so the items can be sold through the summer.

St. Augustine's is also sponsoring a fun summer music event:

June 14th

at the new Visitor's Center on Main Street. A terrific family band, the "Smilin' Possum String Band" will play old time Appalachian tunes 'back-porch' style. St. Augustine's will sell picnic box dinners.

More information will be posted on via email and on our website in May.

Thank you so much for your continued interest and support of St. Augustine's. Although we have had several delays throughout the restoration process, it will be exciting when we are finally able to hold events in this wonderful old church. And when you hear the sweet sound of the Henry Kilgen Organ, you will know it has been worthwhile!

One last gentle reminder. We welcome any contributions! Our expenses are low, but until the renovations are complete and we can start hosting events, we depend upon you to keep the insurance and utilities current. Please remember us in your giving. Thank you!

Just wait until you see the whole picture!
See you in September!

More Information :

*Click for information on St Augustine's Restoration process:

> Nomination to the National Register of Historic Places Report

> 2005 study by Daniel J Pezzoni, Architectural Historian.

> 2006 Full story with pictures of the dry-stack wall completed by local mason, Chuck Bispo.

> Roof reconstruction - JUST IN THE NICK OF TIME!

> Click here for pictures from the July 25, 2009 "Soup, Sin, & Salvation", a Celebration of Restoration annual dinner & auction

> Removal of Henry Kilgen Organ

Here are some pictures of the Kilgen restoration:


No wonder it didn't work......


The Kilgen in about 5,000 pieces! Getting ready to be shipped to the Ruggles workshop in Colorado.


Michael Freisen unpacking the Kilgen Organ


Charlie Ruggles working on the restoration


Charlie Ruggles working IN the restoration

St. Augustine's Catholic Church, located in Austin, Nevada, is Nevada's oldest Catholic church building (1866) and also one of its finest.

The church is located on a prominent hill in Austinís narrow canyon. Its stately appearance is compelling and dominates the town with a strong historic aura. The wood and tin clad spire rises seventy five feet making the structure seem very tall with its narrow Gothic Revival style. Built into the hillside on solid granite, both the bricks and granite used in construction were from the old Austin quarry and brickyard that flourished in the 1800ís.

The interior retains many early features including grained pews, Gothic confessionals, and a decoratively painted nine rank Henry C. Kilgen pipe organ in a Gothic case. In 1939 the parish hired Rafael Jolly to paint murals for the interior, and the vibrantly colored scenes of events in the lives of Christ and St. Augustine are today the building's artistic highlight.

The church was sold to a private party who formed a nonprofit organization to restore and renovate the structure.

St. Augustineís will eventually house a cultural and arts center for the community of Austin and Central Nevada. Activities will include artist workshops, historic presentations and dramas, docent tours, local art shows, music presentations, and permanent collections and exhibits of Austin and central Nevada.

We look forward to hosting weddings and family celebrations. The main level of the church with its twenty four foot ceiling lends itself to all types of performances and assemblies. Pews can accommodate over two hundred persons, and the former altar area is on a stage-sized platform. A sacristy off the platform is ideal as a staging/dressing room. The church has two very large rooms on the lower level with a bank of floor to ceiling windows facing south. The rooms are suitable for classes, workshops, and gatherings.

St. Augustineís is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Nevada Register of Historic Places and is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Donations are gratefully accepted to help save this wonderful structure and piece of history.

St. Augustine's Cultural Center
P O Box 503
Austin, NV 89310
email: staugustine's@goaustinnevada.com

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