National Register of Historic Places in Mariposa County
St. Joseph Catholic Church is a symmetrical, weatherboard sided Gothic design, with an eight-sided spire, parapets, and a square louvered lantern in the tower. The church is reported to have been built of sugarpine in 1862. The church bell was cast in 1862 and is still in use.
Adjacent to St. Joseph Catholic Church is the Rectory. The two-story rectory embodies the architectural elements of the Craftsman/Bungalow style, reflective of Mariposa's eclectic mix of architectural styles.
The Catholic Cemetery is located directly behind St. Joseph Catholic Church and Rectory. Internment began in the 1860s and continues to the present, although most of the plots date from the nineteenth century. Headstones are made of marble and native stone, with motifs typical of the mid to late nineteenth century. Many plots are surrounded by decorative iron fencing.
Excerpted from the 1991 NRHP nomination form.
A plaque in front of the church reads:
St. Joseph's Catholic Church
Built in 1862 by the people of Mariposa under the direction of Father Auger. The church was dedicated and mass was said on January 18, 1863 by Archbishop Alemany
Native Daughters of the Golden West
Mariposa Parlor No. 63