Augustine's Catholic Church, located in Austin, Nevada, is Nevada's
oldest Catholic church building (1866) and also one of its finest.
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
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.
church was sold to a private party who formed a nonprofit organization
to restore and renovate the structure.
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.
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,
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.