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Texan You Should Know: Painted Church Architect Leo M. J. DielmmanTexans You Should Know is a series highlighting overlooked figures and events from Texas history. September 4, 1906, was a joyful day in Fredericksburg. On that date, many of the town’s 1,600 or so residents came out to celebrate the blessing and dedication of the new Church of the Immaculate Conception. The church was, and remains, an architectural gem. Designed in a modern, German Gothic style, its rough white limestone walls frame high-arched entryways and tall, elegant stained-glass windows. The spire atop its right-side tower reaches about 130 feet in the air and could be seen for miles from every direction of the Hill Country. A reporter from the Southern Messenger, a Catholic newspaper in San Antonio, noted the “very large attendance of the faithful at…

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