Jasper, Indiana: Geode Grotto of Father Sztuczko (Gone)

The 1960s was a busy decade. Father Thad Sztuczko spent it methodically cementing thousands and thousands of geodes into a multi-acre grotto of shrines and birdbaths.
Northwest side of town. From Hwy 56/W. 6th St. turn north onto Bartley St. and drive a quarter-mile. Grotto entrance on the right.
August 2017: Reported gone.

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Geode Grotto.

Geode Grotto

For ten years Father Phillip Ottavi, assisted by helpful neighbors, built a grotto that covered several acres, using mostly geodes that were found in a nearby creek. Set into cement, the spongy brown orbs were used in everything from benches to birdbaths. Twin shrines to Mary and St. Joseph, the patron saint of the "home for retarded men" managed by Father Phillip, form the grotto's centerpiece.

The grotto, among the more recent of these rocky devotionals, was completed in 1970.

[ypsi-slim, 05/14/2013]

August 2014: Photo added.

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