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St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church

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1893–1894, James Eagan. 723 W. Washington St.
  • (Photograph by Andrew Hope)

The name of this Gothic Revival church identifies the ethnic roots of this congregation as does its Anglo-Irish architectural style. St. Patrick’s version of Gothic Revival, with its broad, low body and buttressed walls, contrasts with Milwaukee’s taller, narrower German-styled Gothic churches. The stocky bell tower with its square, simple lines is more heavily buttressed and shorter than those of the German-styled churches, with their octagonal drum stages that support slender, tapered spires. A rhythmic row of seven dormers pierces each side of St. Patrick’s main roof, a feature not seen in German churches. St. Patrick’s beautiful interior retains its original design with extensive decorative stenciling on the plaster walls and vaults. Austrian-made stained glass windows line the nave and chancel, bathing the interior in pastel light. Hammer beams support the ceiling vaults, which gives a wide, spacious nave without piers. The reredos and main and side altars are made of gleaming white marble.

Writing Credits

Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church", [Milwaukee, Wisconsin], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Wisconsin

Buildings of Wisconsin, Marsha Weisiger and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017, 103-103.

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