Czechs in the City: The Czech-American Experience in Cleveland

St. Procop’s Catholic Church | May 17, 2009

One afternoon Chrissy Hehr and I went to St. Procop’s Catholic Church for our second cultural landscape survey and to visit a sacred landmark in Cleveland. The thing that struck me most was how out of place it looked. Originally the area might have been different but St. Procop’s Catholic Church is so large and majestic, it sticks out like a sore thumb. It is a large building in a residential area filled with small homes. It is located on a busy one-way street and it seems like there is always constant action.
This church has some beautiful architecture. The building is of masonry construction. There is a pattern within the stone; it alternates between finished smooth stone and rough unfinished stone. There is a lot of character present in St. Procop. There are strikingly detailed carvings in stone all around the door. All of the details on the building add a little something special. There are different symbols present on the front façade that indicate its religious purpose. It truly reflects the spirit of the architect, who wanted to design something to be a house of God.
St. Procop’s Catholic Church’s website, http://www.stprocop.org, offers a variety of information regarding the church, past and present. It is a shame that the neighborhood had deteriorated over the years. It is also a shame that the building had to be altered because of funding. The original dome and towers had to be torn down because the church could not afford the up keep. This neighborhood does not really reflect its Czech heritage anymore. The only real clue left is the name of the church, which is named for a Czech saint. Overall, it is a beautiful church with wonderful architecture.

-Emily Smith

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1 Comment »

  1. Not only is it a beautiful church, but also a beautiful community. The people of St. Procop are so caring and generous. Even though it is a very small parish they remain in the black financially and they do more for this neighborhood than any other church around. They feed hundreds weekly through their meal and food pantry program. That will end soon and no other church in the neighborhood is willing to take it on. How unjust is it to be closing a parish that so closely follows Jesus’ mission. Shame on the Catholic Diocese! We need to keep this parish open!!

    Comment by John — May 26, 2009 @ 3:37 pm


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