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.
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St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church
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