Saint Benedict’s Church was built by a Belgian priest, Father John Berchmans Velghe, who came from the Marquesas by way of Tahiti between 1899 and 1902. It is a small rectangular structure with a vaulted interior ceiling. The church blends folk art, one of the things that make up the foundation of America, and sets it in harmony with the architecture. Saint Benedict’s Church is significant for its role in the American folk art movement that took place during this time period.
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