Dedication and Celebration has been rescheduled for September
will be updating this page with details soon.
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.
Augustine's is also sponsoring a fun summer music event:
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
information will be posted on via email and on our website in
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
See you in September!
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
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
Charlie Ruggles working on the restoration
Charlie Ruggles working IN the restoration
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.