With its Twin Towers, St. Mary Catholic Church is a Dayton landmark! The congregation began in 1859 and the present church was bulit in 1906. The East Dayton neighborhood surrounding the church is referred to as the Twin Towers Neighborhood. During the early days of Wright Field, later to become Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the twin towers of St. Mary Catholic Church pointed the way to WPAFB for many pilots. Since 1918, there has been a 2-story crech built in the church during Christmas that has attracted thousands of visitors. Since 1951, there has been a 16-foot star erected between the towers during the Christmas season. St. Mary Catholic Church was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. This Dayton Original is the only Romanesque church in Dayton!

One Response to “St. Mary Catholic Church”

  1. Jerald J. North Sr.
    24 June 2012 at 10:25 am #

    I’ve have been interested in Saint Mary Roman Catholic since 1938 as a 3 year old child while vising my cousins. Sunday Mass was so exciting for me to worship God. I didn’t understand what worshiping God meant back then. Only that it had huge windows with many beautiful colors of sun light streaming down onto the congregation like blessing and grace washing away the offenses of all presents. The Sanctuary and Alter was something I’ve never seen before that time. The huge pipe organ set in front and high up in the choir and the sun light shining through the huge stained class windows and so many people.