The old St. Bruno’s Catholic Church (1887.) Clearly too small with its 110 seating capacity (although there are days where the new church has just about that many people at a saturday evening mass.) The church is padlocked and bolted, with no heating or air, although the lights still work. From the outside it looks like a simple roadside chapel, but the inside is still full of life-size statues, a gorgeous rererdo (or retable…not sure of the difference), and simple stained glass that lets in glowing light in late afternoons with an unobstructed view to the west, overlooking the parish cemetery and farm fields.
While two new churches have been built since then, this site sees regularl upkeep and is used during the summer for an outdoor service, and the inside of the old chapel is opened to the public. And if you know someone who has the keys, its open anytime.
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The current St. Bruno's Church is at 226 w ottawa ave, dousman, WI 53118. Old St. Bruno's is 2.5 miles west of the current church on Highway Z.
Here's what the new church looks like....
I'm actually glad I can't find any interior shots. Obviously they didn't use any of the original.
Oh no... I found one...