Immaculate Conception Grotto

Carroll, Iowa

116 S. East Street Carroll, IA (dismantled 1957)

This grotto was built by Father Paul Dobberstein, who built the Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend and a number of smaller grottos in Wesley, Dubuque, Sioux City and other places. It was located on the grounds of St. Angela Academy, which later became Kuemper Catholic High School. When the high school built an addition in 1957, the Immaculate Conception Grotto was dismantled by Father Louis Greving and its stones incorporated into the Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend.

Although the Immaculate Conception Grotto was built by Father Dobberstein, we see many of the same features as Father Wernerus' Grotto of the Holy Family in St. Joseph, Wisconsin. Both feature a symmetrical mountain with outstretched limbs, a rugged exterior with many platforms spotlighting smaller petrified wood or rock specimens, and a central opening onto a lush interior grotto encrusted with geodes, coral, shells and colored glass around a devotional statue.

The Immaculate Conception Grotto was dismantled in 1957.

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