St. Joan of Arc Chapel

Milwaukee Magazine - - Culture -

When this nar­row, 15th cen­tury French chapel (ap­prox. 550 N. 15th St.), which can fit only five chairs across, was re­assem­bled on Mar­quette Univer­sity’s cam­pus in 1966, it in­stantly won the ti­tle of the city’s old­est build­ing. Prior to ar­riv­ing here, it was owned (and re­named) by a rail­road heiress and Joan of Arc ad­mirer, Gertrude Hill Gavin, who placed a stone be­hind the al­tar she claimed the French leader had kissed be­fore rid­ing into bat­tle against the Bri­tish. The clammy stone is still there, whether St. Joan nuz­zled it or not.

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