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Posted on: August 16, 2019

Fun history facts about the Eagle Landing church and future museum site

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The church on-site at the Eagle Landing has a long and storied history in Eagle. Over the years the building has had several names and been home to two different Christian congregations.  

In 1937 the Catholic Community built the church on the west side of Eagle Road. The building was constructed from plans by Boise architects Tourtellotte & Hummel, who also designed the historic Orville Jackson House and the Idaho Statehouse.  The Catholic Church dedicated the building as St. Mary's Mission in 1938. 

In 1971 the Catholic Community of Eagle moved the church to its current location at the corner of Eagle Road and Mission Drive. At the time the land was a 10-acre site that was subdivided into 10 home lots and a 3-acre space for the church. 

"The church was located at the end of the property with a circle driveway," describes church member Judy Mendiola in a pamphlet about the history of the church, "A paint the color of Dijon mustard was applied to the outside of the building, and shrubs were planted by members of the parish." 

Also in 1971, the parish council requested that the church's name be changed to avoid confusion with St. Mary's in Boise, so the Eagle church was renamed St. Matthews. At the time of the re-naming, the church served about 35 families. In 1979 there were 130 families in the congregation. 

By 1993 there was a demand for a larger space for Eagle's Catholic Community, so the property was sold to New Heights Baptist Church. The St. Matthew's congregation moved to a new building on North Eagle Road and then to Holy Apostles in 1998. 

In 2007 the church was renovated as part of the Landing Community Center. For the last several years the church had been used as storage by local non-profit organization Full Circle Exchange. Now that the City of Eagle owns the building, we are working on restoring this historic building and outfitting it to serve as the new site of the Eagle Museum of History and Preservation. 

If you or anyone you know attended St. Mary's Mission/St. Matthew's Church and has old photos of services, weddings, christenings, or other events we would love for you to share copies with the Eagle Museum of History and Preservation. Send them an email, or call at (208) 939-2669.

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