Marianne Williams Photography

all images copyright Marianne Williams 2012 unless otherwise stated.

The Grotto of the Redemption is a religious monument in tiny West Bend, IA, built by Father Paul Dobberstein from 1912 - 1959.  Every surface except the marble statuary is covered in a collage of rare minerals, geodes, stalactites, shells and fossils valued at over $4million.

Photos by Marianne Williams.

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    I’ve been there several times. My grandfather sold jewelry to the guy who built it and was good friends with him. It’s...
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