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Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

St. Patrick's Church

1888 - 1889

 

—Nader —

 
St. Patrick's Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, February 7, 2011
1. St. Patrick's Church Marker
Inscription. Designed in a late Nineteenth Century eclectic style by Madison civil engineer and architect, John Nader, this church is the third oldest Catholic parish in the City. It was dedicated on St. Patrick's Day in 1889, Archbishop Heiss of Milwaukee in attendance. Since its construction by local builder Timothy McCarthy, the structure has undergone several major alterations including, in 1903, a widening of the entire structure.
 
Erected 1972 by the Madison Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 14.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Madison Landmarks Commission marker series.
 
Location. 43° 4.615′ N, 89° 22.736′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street and South Hancock Street, on the left when traveling east on East Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 404 East Main Street, Madison WI 53703, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Emily Thompson House (within shouting distance of this marker); Nelson House (within shouting distance of this marker); Mattermore - Malaney House (within
St. Patrick's Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, February 7, 2011
2. St. Patrick's Church Marker
The marker is on the lower right part of the steeple.
shouting distance of this marker); Wisconsin Wagon Company Factory (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cardinal Hotel (about 600 feet away); Tragedy of War (about 800 feet away); Eben and Rosaline Peck (about 800 feet away); Peck Cabin (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
 
Regarding St. Patrick's Church. Also according to the Madison Landmarks Commission, "Designed in the Romanesque Revival style, this church was designed by local architect and civil engineer, John Nader, known at the time as Madison's grandfather of architecture. It was the third Roman Catholic Church building to be erected in downtown Madison, the others being St. Raphael's and Holy Redeemer. As one might guess from the name, the church was attended by many of the Irish Catholic families in the city."

Nearby St. Raphael's Cathedral was destroyed by fire in March 2005, but the steeple, which had just been renovated, is in storage (see photo) pending reconstruction. Until completion of a replacement cathedral, the Cathedral Parish utilizes offices at St. Patrick's.
 
Related markers.
St. Patrick's Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, February 7, 2011
3. St. Patrick's Church Marker
Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This is a list of markers for other buildings designed by John Nader, including the other Catholic Church in the Cathedral Parish.
 
Also see . . .
1. A Brief History of St. Patrick Parish. (Submitted on February 12, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.)
2. Madison Landmarks Commission. The landmark nomination form for the building. (Submitted on February 12, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 
 
Additional keywords. Architecture; Romanesque Revival
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.
 
St. Patrick's Church Flanked by Church Offices image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, February 7, 2011
4. St. Patrick's Church Flanked by Church Offices
St. Patrick's Church Cornerstone image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, February 7, 2011
5. St. Patrick's Church Cornerstone
This 1888 cornerstone is just below the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 12, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 928 times since then and 141 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 12, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   4, 5. submitted on February 13, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.
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