National Register of Historic Places in Carbon County

National Register #78002651: Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church in Price, Utah 15 July 2010
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National Register #78002651
Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church
200 North Carbon Avenue

Construction of Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church under the direction of Monsignor Alfredo F. Giovannoni began in 1918 but was nor completed until 1923.

According to the National Register Nomination Form, the church is significant for five reasons:

  1. It is a literal monument to Monsignor Alfredo F. Giovannoni, the Italian-born priest, who was the area's first full-time priest. It was through his persistant efforts that the church and school were established, that Carbon County undertook some semblance of organization as far as the Catholic Church was concerned, and it is Monsignor Giovannoni who is fondly remembered among the older Catholics and has taken on some of the qualities of a folk hero. His colorful character has been preserved through the church edifice, as the structure acts as a stimulant for recollections by older residents and as a link to the Catholic past for present residents.
  2. The church, named Notre Dame de Lourdes, was a project the French and Basques of Utah took great pride in. It symbolizes their role in Southeastern Utah's history.
  3. The church served to unite the diverse ethnic and nationalistic groups of Carbon County. Unlike the Greek church, a National Register Site constructed in 1916 which catered almost exclusively to Greeks, the Notre Dame Church brought together Italians, Slovenians, Creations, French, Basque, Northern Europeans and American Catholics.
  4. The completion of the church in Price was the foundation for other Catholic activities in Carbon County including the establishment of a parochial school.
  5. The church serves as headquarters for a large active, and growing Catholic population in Southeastern Utah.
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