Baden in Winter #2, Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church

Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church is a beautiful Gothic Revival structure, sitting high on a hill with rolling fields heading out from it in several directions.

“In the year of Our Lord, 1908, on  the 30th day of May, Reverand O.J. Hoog, V[icar] G[eneral] placed [this stone] in honor of the Holy Cross.”

The school next door is very cool, sort of an Early Twentieth Century version of the Gothic Revival style.

I really enjoyed photographing the church through trees and buildings from different parts of the neighborhood, across the broad meadows that were at least in part once a winding creek.


  1. Is that church still being used by the RC Church? Or is it vacant? What about the school?

  2. That church has much history with my family – Several generations had been married there, including as recently as 2014. Being in the vestibule was amazing, seeing an old family surname etched in marble stones as one of the founders. I feel fortunate that the church is still functioning.

  3. I lived in Baden for a time and attended on occasion Mass in the church when Msgr. Martin Hellriegel was its pastor It was a typical “German” parish and the former school was staffed by the German Sisters of Christian Charity. It was only a matter of time……….that white flight had doomed the most of the community to its economic malaise. Racism and segregation has made possible the economic decline of the once great City of St. Louis. Just my opinion. – JPG, Portland, OR

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