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Sunday, June 7, 2020

Saint Margaret Mary Catholic Mission - Alto, TN

Saint Margaret Mary Catholic Mission - Alto, TN

The Saint Margaret Mary Catholic Mission in Alto, TN was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 28, 2017. It is located on the Old Alto Hwy (Old TN50) in Franklin County.

Here is the write-up from the TN Historic Commission:
Situated in the northeast part of Franklin County along the Old Alto Highway, the Saint Margaret Mary Catholic Mission was constructed in 1938. The one-story, gable roof building is constructed of rusticated and coursed “Franklin County sandstone”, which is similar to the popular Crab Orchard sandstone seen throughout the state. Stone buttresses and stained glass windows delineate the sides of the Gothic Revival chapel. Important architectural features inside include the wood ceiling supported by wood bracing, wood floors and pews, solid stone walls, and brick quoins surrounding window and door openings. The church was operated by the Paulists, who’s mission to promote their religion resulted in them being known in the early 20th century for innovative outreach ideas. At the Mission they used radio, film screening, print media, and even had a “motor chapel” – a trailer with a sleeping room in the front and an altar at the back.

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