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St. Francis' Church

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St. Francis' Church

North-east corner Lonsdale Street and Elizabeth Streets

1841-45, 1849 Samuel Jackson; 1856 George & Schneider; 1878 Reed & Barnes

 

Though altered and extended, this is the oldest Roman Catholic church in Victoria and has been in continuous service since the early 1840s. The main vessel of the church, the nave, with wooden shingles on the roof, was built first. The cement-rendered walls of the exterior are modeled in the manner of the late 18th century Georgian Gothick idiom practiced in Engand before the Gothic Revival proper set in after the 1830s, a movement pioneered by the Catholic architectural radical AWN Pugin. The first additions to Jackson’s simple nave were designed by David Ross: a porch (1855, demolished) and a Lady Chapel (1858). Interenally, the chapel is in the manner of Pugin, with the decoration carried out by claimed pupils of his, Le Gould & Souter. Externally, however, the idiom was never achieved and the extensions of the porch, the Lady Chapel, the sanctuary (1878) and a recent narthex (1956) follow the cement rendering of the earliest part of the church. In 1988-89, the church was repaired and restored by the conservation architects Allom Lovell & Associates and Kosinova Thorne as well as Falkinger Andronas P/L (1990-97).

 

Two of my own shots below.

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Looking northwest from the roof of Myers Store in 1925.

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