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Sacred Heart Church- Galveston, Texas

 Sacred Heart Church in
Galveston, Texas
on a beautiful November day.
This is the current structure on the site.
The Sacred Heart Parish was established on June 21, 1884 
when a division was due to the growth of population of Galveston 
and the east end of the city was assigned to the new parish. 
Initially the parish held Mass in the 
St. Mary's University Chapel until 1892.

On January 17, 1892 a new structure was dedicated. 
The new church was the largest in Texas at the time. 
The new church designed by architect Nicholas Clayton 
was very ornate and in a French Romanesque style. 
The life of this beautiful church building 
was short-lived as on September 8, 1900,
 Galveston was hit by a devastating hurricane 
and demolished the building.  
            The parish immediately set upon building a new church building 
and the current building was built. The present church building 
was designed by a Jesuit brother Name Jimenez 
with the corner stone laid on June 21, 1903 
by Bishop Gallagher and the church was consecrated 
on January 17, 1904. 
The church shows both Moorish and Byzantine influences
 and gives a wedding cake effect with fleur de lis 
and pineapple finials, stilted, Gothic 
and ogee arches and vertical and horizontal bands. 

View from the Bishop's House 
across the street- upper floor.
The 1915 storm destroyed the dome of the church 

and Nicholas Clayton designed the present onion-shaped
protuberance which graces the building today.  

The church has been restored following 

the damage it incurred during Hurricane Ike.


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