140-year-old Allouez cemetary chapel headed for wrecking ball

Crumbling and collapsing from foundation to steeple, the little red brick chapel in the Allouez Cemetery is looking old for its age.

And its age is considerable.

At 140 years old, it shares a birthday with the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay’s flagship structure, St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, but it’s received little of the same TLC over the decades.

This is one of the oldest cemeteries in the state of Wisconsin, and the little red chapel presides over some of the oldest gravestones on the grounds. Most of the graves lying within the chapel’s shadow have been there for more than 100 years. Some of the nearby stones are no longer legible. There’s an angel standing nearby who long ago lost one of her wings.
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