Grimes

Majestic Shrines and Graceful Sanctuaries: The Church Architecture of Patrick Byrne, 1783-1864

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Brendan Grimes

By the end of the 18th century almost all the legislation directed principally against Catholics in Ireland had been repealed thus allowing them to build places of worship as they pleased. From this period the ambitions of clergy and laity, allied with increasing Catholic prosperity resulted in a renaissance of church building.

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Product Description

By the end of the 18th century almost all the legislation directed principally against Catholics in Ireland had been repealed thus allowing them to build places of worship as they pleased. From this period the ambitions of clergy and laity, allied with increasing Catholic prosperity resulted in a renaissance of church building. Their means and ambitions increased throughout the 19th century and from the 1830s until his death in 1864 Patrick Byrne made a big and important architectural contribution with buildings of quality.

He was a classicist by education and his best buildings are neo-classical, but he was also called upon to design in the neo-gothic style. Dr William Meagher commissioned him to design the new parish church in the Dublin suburb of Rathmines and afterwards wrote ‘… the accomplished, and good, and generous PATRICK BYRNE how truly may it not be said, that he regarded the beauties of Classical and Mediaeval Art with equal reverence, studied their several excellencies with equal assiduity, and wrought upon the principles of both with equally supereminent success?’

Table of Contents

  1. Architectural Education
  2. Setting the Scene
  3. Suitable Temples
  4. Graceful Sanctuaries
  5. Patron and Archtiect

Appendix I: List of principal works with dates and geodetic co-ordinates

Appendix II: Catalogue of Patrick Byrne’s library

Appendix III: A description of Our Lady of Refuge, Rathmines, by its patron Dr William Meagher

Appendix IV: Comparative plans of principal churches

About the Author

Brendan Grimes is a lecturer in the Dublin School of Architecture, Dublin Institute of Technology.

Additional Information

Author

brendan-grimes

Genre

Religion

Format

Hardback

Release schedule

Backlist

Imprint

Irish Academic Press

Publication Date

26th-jan-2010