Shrine of Saint Anne Catholic Church

Address7555 Grant Pl., Arvada, 80002
QuadArvada, 1965 (1980)
SectionS11, T3S, R69W
Source"Arvada, Just Between You and Me," pp. 20, 86-88, 94; Noel , "Colorado Catholisism, 1857-1989," pp. 279-280.
OtherDenver Shale Brick Co.
Initialdate1992-11-02 00:00:00-07
Latestdate1994-08-12 00:00:00-06
HistoryThe Church site was purchased from William Gunther by Bishop Tehen for $1000. James Manning, a Denver architect, designed the building, parishioners excavated the site, and J.K. Mullen, owner of Denver Shale Brick Co. 1908-1921, Construction Co. built the Shrine of Saint Anne. Before the church was completed, parishioners held services on the second floor of the First National Bank Building. The church was dedicated by Bishop Tehen in 1922 with Walter Grace as the first pastor. It was named for Saint Anne, mother of the Virgin Mary. Saint Anne's wrist bone is said to be in the tower of the Shrine. At this time, it was said to be the tallest building in Jefferson County. A night-light, shown at the top of the tower was another outstanding feature of the church. Soon it was attracting many people in the Arvada community, and "The Arvada Enterprise" reported that this impressive building was the reason the road from Denver to Arvada was paved in 1925.