Dedication: The Work of William P. Ginther, Ecclesiastical Architect (Sacred Landmarks)
Anthony J. Valleriano
An illustrated compendium of a prolific designer of Ohio and Pennsylvania churches
Young ages is not only a testament to his incredible professionalism and skill but also to his enduring Catholic faith and belief in God. William Ginther practiced architecture up to his death on January 15, 1933, at the age of seventy-five. At the time of his death, he was credited with designing or renovating some 250 Catholic churches as well as parochial schools, hospitals, and residences, the majority of which were in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and neighboring states. Even though Ginther worked.
A lot of time in church! For some, it was a chore. For me, however, it was a chance to study this wondrous and graceful interior of interlocking and dancing arches and domes and its castle-like exterior of rough-cut sandstone and beacon-like bell tower. Mother of Sorrows was dedicated in the late 1900s during a time of great immigration to the United States. As was the case across the country, many of the immigrants who settled in Ashtabula were skilled laborers and craftsmen, and they made this.
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH | Johnstown, Pennsylvania Dedicated 1908 Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Johnstown, Pennsylvania (dedicated 1908). The church closed its doors in 2009. Ohio Architect, Engineer and Builder 20, no. 6 (Dec. 1912): 39. NATIVITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY | Lorain, Ohio This initial design for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (also referred to as Church of the Nativity) congregation in Lorain, Ohio, was never executed and is vastly different.
Church, Oil City, Pennsylvania (dedicated 1907). Ohio Architect, Engineer and Builder 7, no. 1 (Jan. 1906): 22. ST. CLARA CATHOLIC CHURCH | Oxnard, California Dedicated 1904 St. Clara Catholic Church, Oxnard, California (dedicated 1904). William P. Ginther Promotional Portfolio. ST. ANDREW CATHOLIC CHURCH | Roanoke, Virginia Dedicated 1902 St. Andrew Catholic Church, Roanoke, Virginia (dedicated 1902). William P. Ginther Promotional Portfolio. ST. PHILIP CATHOLIC CHURCH | Crafton,.
The Akron Sunday Times in June 1932 stated that Ginther was working on designs for two hospitals in West Virginia, St. Francis in Charleston and St. Mary’s in Huntington. The December 1912 issue of Ohio Architect Magazine has a section on “Modern Church Construction” featuring Ginther’s design for Mt. Saint Mary’s Hospital in Niagara Falls, New York. His design is cited as being a “conspicuous” example of the “attention being paid with the last few years to scientific construction and equipment.