313 North Chelan Avenue
The Town of Waterville, a sunny oasis in North Central Washington State, lies on US Highway 2 about half way between Everett (north of Seattle) and Spokane. The community is located in wheat country along the Ice Age Floods geological trail. This small town has a population of 1,138 and 300 days of sunshine.
"Waterville was founded in 1885 and platted in 1886. The town was incorporated under the Territorial Charter in 1889 but after Washington gained statehood the town was officially incorporated on May 12, 1890.
In the center of the downtown area and just past the 1903 Waterville Historic Hotel, US Highway 2 turns the corner from East Poplar Street to North Chelan Avenue. In 1916 St. Joseph's Catholic Church was built on the north east side of this corner.
This beautiful and distinctive church was built in the Romanesque style by designers Bell and Haskens. Concrete, brick, and metal were the materials used to build and accent the design. The color red highlights the entrance doors, the square steeple arches, the outline of the front facade window, and the cross above the front door. Cream colored brick trims the exterior with icicles hanging from the eaves, cross hatching on the steeple, and surrounding the front facade window. An "empty cross" tops the steeple and a "Celtic cross" tops the center of the front peaked roof.