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Watsonville in Santa Cruz County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

St. Patricks Church

721 Main Street

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, April 23, 2012
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Inscription. A wooden church was first built on this site in 1864 designed by James Walter. It was moved to Ford Street in 1901, and a larger English Gothic style edifice designed by William H. Weeks was constructed in 1902. It has a seating capacity of 625 persons, and 150,000 feet of lumber were used in the construction of the interior. Four tons of copper and sheet lead comprised the roof trim, gutters and valleys. The tall spire rose 132 feet into the air and its slate sides could be seen for miles on a bright day. Crowning the spire was a gilded bronze cross.

As the finishing touches were being put on the church in January of 1902, architect Weeks commented, “A building not built for a day, a week, a year, but a building that will look little worse for years when we have ceased our earthly activities, and the youngest member of today will have reached the time allotment of three score years and ten.”

Although the church had to be rebuilt on a larger scale after the 1989 earthquake, it has beautifully retained its original look. It makes a graceful entrance to the city of Watsonville.
 
Location. 36° 54.807′ N, 121° 45.619′ W. Marker is in Watsonville, California, in Santa Cruz County. Marker is on Main Street (State Highway 152
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By Barry Swackhamer, April 23, 2012
2. St. Patricks Church Marker
) north of West 5th Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 611 Main Street, Watsonville CA 95076, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Watsonville (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lest We Forget (about 800 feet away); The Apple Annual (about 800 feet away); Where Strawberries are Sweeter (approx. mile away); The Mansion House (approx. mile away); This Gun Was Used (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Lettunich Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Judge Julius Lee House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Watsonville.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at 611 Main Street while St. Patricks Church is at 721 Main Street.
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, April 23, 2012
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By Barry Swackhamer, April 23, 2012
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 26, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 649 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 26, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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