St. Patrick's Church (Eau Claire, Wisconsin)

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St. Patrick's Church
St Patricks Church Eau Claire.jpg
Location322 Fulton St.
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Coordinates44°48′41″N 91°30′31″W / 44.81129°N 91.50853°W / 44.81129; -91.50853Coordinates: 44°48′41″N 91°30′31″W / 44.81129°N 91.50853°W / 44.81129; -91.50853
Architectural styleGothic Revival/Romanesque Revival
NRHP reference #83003392
Added to NRHPJanuary 28, 1983[1]

St. Patrick's Church is a historic Catholic church built in 1885 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.[2] It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983 for its architectural significance.[1][3]

St. Patrick's parish was established in the 1850s by missionaries from Chippewa Falls, with a frame church built on N. Barstow Street in 1858. The parish added a school in 1870. In 1875 some of the German-speaking families split off to form Sacred Heart Church. In 1880 St. Patrick's bought the current lot at the corner of Fulton and Oxford, dedicating their new church building in 1882, but it burned in 1884,[4] before they could finish the brick veneer.[5] In the next year the current church was built on the same site.[4]

The current (1885) church was designed by Abraham M. Radcliffe - a brick building with a gable roof and three matched doors across the front. Above the doors are a window and wall recesses holding statues. To each side of the front door stands a square tower - the right tower is four stages and the left three. The towers and the side walls are buttressed. On the exterior, Radcliffe mixes styles, with narrow lancet windows suggesting Gothic Revival style, yet some round arches suggest Romanesque Revival.[4] An old postcard suggests that the right tower was once larger, topped with a steeple much taller than the current tower.[6] Edward Henneberry and Cornelius Webster oversaw the stonework, and Henneberry the woodwork.[5]

Built at the height of the log drives on the Chippewa River, St. Patrick's is the oldest surviving church building in Eau Claire.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "St. Patrick's Church". Wisconsin Historical Society. Retrieved 2017-08-27.
  2. ^ "St. Patrick's Church" (PDF). City of Eau Claire Landmarks Commission. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  4. ^ a b c M. Taylor (1981-11-16). Intensive Survey Form: St. Patrick's Catholic Church. State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Retrieved 2017-08-27. With two photos.
  5. ^ a b "Eau Claire 50 Years Ago: History of St. Patrick's Church Building Recalled". Eau Claire, Wis.: Daily Telegram. 1935-09-28. Retrieved 2017-08-27.
  6. ^ "St. Patrick's Church". Wisconsin Historical Society. Retrieved 2017-08-27.