Main Record - County Wicklow
|Saint Mary's and Saint Patrick's Catholic Church, Main Street, Avoca, County Wicklow
|Date||1860 - 1865|
|Categories of Special Interest||ARCHITECTURAL ARTISTIC SOCIAL|
|In Use As||church/chapel|| |
Detached four-bay with transept and two-bay chancel single-storey Roman Catholic church, built 1862. The building is constructed in rock-faced squared rubble with ashlar dressings. Built in French Gothic style it is articulated with reducing buttresses and is cruciform in plan; the sacristy is octagonal in plan with a pyramidal roof. The three stage tower has a broach spire and reducing buttresses. The timber sheeted door has a segmental-arched head and is set within a gabled porch at the south end of the nave. Window openings are pointed-arched with a mixture of tracery designs and extensive pictorial stained glass. The pitched roof is slated with natural slate and cast-iron rainwater goods. The church is slightly set back from the road behind wrought-iron railings with matching gate and square gate pillars.
A well preserved example of a French Gothic style church, a genre much favoured by the Catholic Church in the later half of the 19th century. It adds rhythm and detail, along with a sense of authority, to the streetscape.
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