Sacred Heart Church

316 W. Benham, Glendive, Montana


Sacred Heart Church Glendive MT

Photo taken by David Jones in June 2019




"The Catholics of Glendive first organized at St. Juliana’s, a 100-seat church purchased from the Congregationalists in 1886. After nearly forty years, they had outgrown those quarters. In 1924, architect Brynjulf Rivenes of Miles City designed a new Catholic church, inspired by Early Italian Christian and Romanesque styles of architecture. The two-tiered façade has twin lower arches framing double paired doors and a single upper arch framing the large circular window. The attached square campanile tower, with hipped roof, was designed to house the 1,300-pound bell cast for the old church in 1889 by McShane of Baltimore. Local builder John Holm won the construction bid for $50,000, and Father Michael Webber laid the cornerstone on May 10, 1925. Skilled masons surfaced the entire building with tan brick from Hebron, North Dakota. Complex patterns of red and tan brick highlight the façade, side entries, and tower. On May 31, 1926, Bishop Mathias Lenihan dedicated the 500-seat church to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He personally donated the large window, which portrays the Sacred Heart of Jesus appearing to St. Margaret Mary and bears the bishop’s coat-of-arms and motto, “Fides et Caritas” (Faith and Charity). The feast of the Sacred Heart is celebrated annually in June. This plaque was erected in 1996, the seventieth anniversary year." - NRHP/Montana Historical Society plaque

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 3, 1988
Reference number
Architectural styles
Other architectural type; Victorian: Romanesque; Early Italian Christian
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Religious structure
Current function
Religious structure
Period of significance
Significant year


20th Century (29,076)
Brick (42,462)
Brynjulf Rivenes (4)
Built 1925 (920)
Built during 1920s (8,294)
Church (5,708)
Dawson County, Montana (17)
Glendive MRA (10)
Glendive, Montana (11)
Montana (2,200)
Place of worship (6,075)
Private owner (54,398)
Romanesque (2,722)
Victorian (19,698)

Update Log 

  • January 28, 2020: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • August 1, 2019: Updated by Richard Doody: Added historical information
  • June 5, 2019: New photos from David Jones