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Holy Family Catholic Church (St. Patrick Catholic Church)

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St. Patrick Catholic Church
1877, 1902, N. J. Clayton. 1013–1027 34th St.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

The most visible church building in the West End is Clayton's parish church St. Patrick's. This Gothic Revival church, built of brick and faced with stucco, is much more representative of Clayton's ecclesiastical use of Gothic architecture than Grace Episcopal Church ( GV41) . During the Storm of 1900, St. Patrick's 225-foot-high Ménard Memorial Tower was blown down onto the church, completely crushing the nave. Clayton's reconstruction was completed in 1902. The present tower, which is one hundred twenty feet tall and constructed of reinforced concrete, was built to Clayton's design in 1922, six years after his death. In 2009, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston consolidated all eight parishes in Galveston and on the Bolivar Peninsula with St. Patrick's, which was rededicated to the Holy Family.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Holy Family Catholic Church (St. Patrick Catholic Church)", [Galveston, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 425-426.

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