Sacred Heart Church: 87 Grey Street, ST KILDA
Building ProfileName : Sacred Heart Church
LocationAddress: 87 Grey Street
City: ST KILDA
Construction DetailsBuilt: 1884
Original use: Church/Cathedral
Current use: Church/Cathedral
Built in the Victorian period in the Romanesque style
The church was extended and the sanctuary added in 1922 to designs by the architect WP Connolly. The original Italianate campanile was also replaced by a German Baroque style tower of 36 metres with ox-bow parapet and copper dome surmounted by a statue of Christ. The church is constructed in brown face brickwork with stucco mouldings and a slate roof. The symmetrical front facade features a Tuscan order portico flanked by arch headed windows, deep buttresses and niches and blind oculi which continue around the sides. The interior has a barrel-vaulted ceiling and lunette windows in the blind arcading. The walls are decorated with stencilled and painted decoration believed to date from the 1940s and incorporating part of a decorative scheme by G & W Dean of 1901. The Carrara marble altar was built in 1909 to a Romanesque design by Kempson & Connolly. The pipe organ was built by Fincham & Son in 1909-10.
HistoryArchitect: Reed Henderson and Smart
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