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St. Mary's Catholic Church
St. Mary's Catholic Church July 2017 2 (Main Church).jpg
St. Mary's Catholic Church in 2017
30°16′37″N 98°52′35″W / 30.27694°N 98.87639°W / 30.27694; -98.87639Coordinates: 30°16′37″N 98°52′35″W / 30.27694°N 98.87639°W / 30.27694; -98.87639
Location 306 W. San Antonio St.
Fredericksburg, Texas
Denomination Roman Catholic
Status Parish church
Dedicated 1906
Functional status Active
Architect(s) Leo M.J. Dielmann
Style Gothic Revival
Years built 1905 (1905)-1906 (1906)
Diocese Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio
St. Mary's Catholic Church
U.S. Historic district
Contributing property
Area less than one acre
Built by Jacob Wagner
Part of Fredericksburg Historic District (ID70000749)
MPS Churches with Decorative Interior Painting TR
NRHP reference No. 83003143
Significant dates
Added to NRHP June 21, 1983
Designated CP October 14, 1970

St. Mary's Catholic Church is a Roman Catholic church at 306 W. San Antonio in Fredericksburg, Texas.


St. Mary's Catholic Church July 2017 1 (Marienkirche)
Old St. Mary's Church (1863) in 2017

Old St. Mary's

The first Catholic church in Fredericksburg was a log house built in 1848. In 1861 it was replaced by a stone building, completed in 1863. Now called Old St. Mary's, since 1906 this building has served several purposes, including as a schoolhouse. Its place in the history of German immigration to Texas lead it to be listed as a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1994.

St. Mary's today

By 1901 the church building was too small for the congregation. A new church was designed by San Antonio architect Leo M.J. Dielmann and built by contractor Jacob Wagner in 1906. The current St. Mary's contains many Gothic features such as buttresses, trefoil motifs, and a corner tower rising high above the roofline. The interior contains extensive painting and murals, including on the organ pipes and ceiling vaults, leading to its inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places as a painted church. It is also part of the National Register's Fredericksburg Historic District, and a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark.

The current campus also includes Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church at 302 East College Street. Originally opened in 1919, it was closed in the 1940s, then reopened as a mission of St. Mary's for Spanish speakers in 1983.

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