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St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church is one of the oldest buildings in Hoven, S.D.
Built over a period of a decade, ending in 1921, with $250,000 collected from 75 parish families, it is estimated that the “Cathedral on the Prairie” would cost at least $25 million—and possibly more than $40 million, depending on who you ask—to construct today.
“Fr. (Anthony) Helmbrecht went around and he kind of expected—or really encourage—families to donate $1,000,” said RoseMarie Reuer, a lifelong member of St. Anthony’s who gives tours of the church. “In 1920, that was a lot of money. They mortgaged their land, and they dug deep, deep, deep in their pockets, so they could help pay for the church.”
The building’s 40 Bavarian stained glass windows, which cost $9,000 when they were new, would cost roughly $10,000 each to replace today, for a total cost of $400,000—more than one and a half times the cost to build the entire structure almost 100 years ago.
In the 1960s, the church’s communion rail was removed, but a more recent priest wanted it replaced. The price tag to replace the large marble railing—$80,000—was higher than parishioners thought they could fund, but an unexpected chain of events in 2003 led to a donation that made it possible.