Saint Bernard's Church Complex

100,108 S. Church St., 111 S. Montgomery St., Watertwon, Wisconsin


Overview Looking West-Southwest

St. Bernard's Church is built on what is probably the highest hill in Watertown. It dominates the skyline in a city skyline that is full of church steeples.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning



National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 26, 2003
Reference number
NR name
Saint Bernard's Chruch Complex
Architectural styles
Victorian: Gothic; Victorian
Areas of significance
Architecture; Ethnic Heritage - European
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Religious structure; Church related residence; Church school
Current functions
Religious structure; Church related residence; Church school
Periods of significance
1850-1874; 1875-1899; 1900-1924; 1925-1949; 1950-1974
Significant years
1873; 1833; 1892
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 3
Non-contributing buildings: 1


19th Century (37,809)
Brick (42,462)
Built 1873 (426)
Built during 1870s (5,020)
European heritage (999)
Gothic (1,440)
Jefferson County, Wisconsin (57)
Private owner (54,398)
School (5,126)
Stone (26,160)
Victorian (19,698)
Watertwon, Wisconsin (1)
Wisconsin (2,624)

Update Log 

  • October 16, 2010: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • October 15, 2010: New photo from J.R. Manning
  • October 10, 2010: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • July 21, 2010: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected spelling of "chruch" in landmark name. (It was imported directly from the NRHP.)



Saint Bernard's Church Complex
Posted July 11, 2011, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

And you think YOU have a crummy job!

I happened to be passing through Watertown today, and I stopped at the gas station across the street from this magnificent church. I was surprised to see the scaffolding. I started to imagine what it must be like to climb these ladders to perform whatever work it is that these folks are doing. Um, no, thanks. It might be a great view from up there, but I think I'll stay on the ground.

BTW, there was a major storm that came through here this morning, it was really bad about 20 miles south of here, so that is why there is no one on the scaffold.

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