The Star of the Sea Painted Church at Kalapana is a simple, rectangular building approximately 22 feet by 36 feet, clapboard sided with a steep corrugated metal gable roof, a small gable extension to the rear of the church, and a square tower to the right side capped by a hipped roof. The Star of the Sea Painted Church is significant for the folk art paintings, which tell the story of the Bible. It is one of only two surviving painted churches of Father Evarist Gielen. The architecture is typical of Catholic mission churches throughout the state, but it is the relationship of the paintings to the building that enhance the architecture.
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