St. Emeric Church

Project Name
St. Emeric Church

720 W. 15th Avenue
Gary, Indiana

Project Status
Building exists; Mallin decorations are gone.

Project Date/s
Decoration date: 1929

St. Emeric photosIn 1910, Hungarians in Gary, Indiana had a small frame church built at the corner of 16th Ave and Monroe St.  The church was named in honor of St. Emeric.   In 1914 the church was moved to 15th Ave and Harrison Street and enlarged.  In 1917, construction began on a combination school and church building, which was completed in December of 1918.   This combination building housed the church throughout the rest of its existence.  A convent for the Sisters was built in 1921.

Rev. Joseph Nemeth hired Mallin to decorate the church in 1929.  The work specified painting and decorating the church for the sum of $1,300.  Additional work included decorating the Sisters’ chapel and altar, decorating the High Altar, railing and Baptismal fountain with XX carat goldleaf, and gilding pilasters and capitals.  The additional work was billed for $365.00.

The combined church/school building still exists, but is now home to the “I AM’s” Holiness Church.


St. Emeric’s church 50th Anniversary Booklet 1911-1916.   Obtained from Calumet Regional Archives, Indiana University Northwest.

John A. Mallin
Painting Fragment