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St. Patrick's Church, Grote Street
Title : St. Patrick's Church, Grote Street St. Patrick's Church, Grote Street
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Source : Woods Bagot Architects, BRG 18 item 113
Date of creation : 1912
Format : Architectural drawing
Dimensions : 450x385
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :

This church replaced an earlier St Patrick's Church which stood on the corner of West Terrace and Grote Street. Built in 1845 it served the local parish of western Adelaide, which at that time and for many later years was largely residential. By the beginning of the 20th century this church had become too small for its growing congregation and the architectural firm of Woods Bagot prepared plans for a new church. A tender of 13,425 pounds was accepted and the foundation stone was laid on 10 November 1912 and the church was dedicated on 15 March 1914.

The facade of St Patrick's is said to be based on the 1428 design of Brunelleschi's Church of the Holy Spirit in Florence. The design of the church is an early work by WH Bagot, of the firm Woods and Bagot, who was an important Adelaide architect noted for his attention to architectural history and accuracy of detail. Bagot's original design was to include a large dome and a sacristy, however due to the commencement of World War I and shortage of funds these features did not go ahead.

The church is listed on the Register of the National Estate and the South Australian Heritage Register.

Related names :

Bagot, W. H. (Walter Hervey), 1880-1963

Coverage year : 1912
Place : Grote Street (Adelaide: S. Aust.)
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :
Heritage of the city of Adelaide: an illustrated guide Adelaide: Corporation of the City of Adelaide, 1990
Creed and architecture [Adelaide: S.A.I.T. School of Architecture and Building, 1970]
Murphy, Mary Attracta, Sister St. Patrick's Church, Grote St. Adelaide, 1845-1975 [Adelaide]: n.p., 1975
Whitehead, John Adelaide, city of churches Magill [S. Aust.] : M.C. Publications, 1986
Page, Michael F. Sculptors in space: South Australian architects 1836-1986 [Adelaide, S. Aust.]: Royal Australian Institute of Architects (South Australian Chapter), 1986
Turney, Barbara Adelaide, city of charm [Kent Town, S. Aust.]: Axiom Publishing, 1989
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