Sacred Heart Church

418 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Distinctive Catholic Church on a bluff overlooking Eau Claire


East (Front) Elevation

Sacred Heart is atop a bluff that overlooks the city. The distinctive twin towers give it a signature look.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning




"Located on a prominent bluff overlooking the city, Sacred Heart Church is characterized by identical metal-covered twin towers, each supporting a Latin cross. Rose-colored windows and round arched openings are significant features of the building.

"Eau Claire’s Catholics organized a congregation in 1858 and constructed a small frame church on North Barstow Street. Originally called St. Peter’s Church, it was renamed St. Patrick’s (see #26) in 1865. About ten years later, sixty German-speaking families left the church to form their own parish, Sacred Heart. They built a frame church and school on this site but soon replaced them with brick structures, a church in 1880 and a school in 1910. Sacred Heart Hospital, founded in 1889, was constructed just north of that church (see #106). The present church building was completed in 1928. In 1999 a new parish, Sacred Heart of Jesus-St. Patrick, recombined the two oldest Catholic congregations in the City."

City of Eau Claire Landmark Commission

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 3, 1983
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Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
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Religious structure
Current function
Religious structure
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Update Log 

  • July 21, 2018: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • July 20, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status and added photos