Photographer/Creator

Chet Smolski, Rhode Island College

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Date

1-1993

Description

A source of controversy, this winding staircase in Loretto Chapel has been called miraculous by some, a hoax by others. A local legend suggests that the staircase was built by St. Joseph himself, while recently Mary Jean Straw has published a book claiming the builder was a French immigrant named Fracois-Jean Rochas. The Loretto Chapel is now a privately operated museum.

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http://www.snopes.com/horrors/ghosts/loretto.asp

Creator 1 Role

Photographer

Subject Headings

Architecture, Modern -- 19th century; Architecture -- Religious architecture -- New Mexico -- Santa Fe;

Country Name

United States of America

Region Name

New Mexico

City Name

Santa Fe

Keywords

religious architecture, historic buildings, New Mexico, Loretto Chapel

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