St. Patrick's Church

50 Charles Street • Waterbury, CT • New Haven County

Historical Significance

St. Patrick's Church is in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Waterbury. Like most of Waterbury's neighborhoods, Brooklyn was virtually a self-sustaining community with its own stores, two churches, taverns, bakeries, factories, and schools.

Photo: View northeast of façade and west elevation. (Tod Bryant)

As early as the 1860s, Irish immigrants began settling in Brooklyn, followed by the Polish and Lithuanians in the 1890s. St. Patrick's was founded in the area where new Irish immigrants lived and was Waterbury's second Catholic church.


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Notable Features of Building or Site

St. Patrick's Church faces east toward Charles Street. It has a steeply pitched gable roof over the nave and shed roofs over the aisles, with stained glass clerestories above. The main entrance is up a stone staircase to a set of three doors of the same size leading into the nave. The doors are recessed behind three pointed arches. The stone porch extends into three tall triangles above each door. There is a large stained glass window above the doorway.

Buttresses topped by pinnacles and finials separate the nave and the aisle and the end of the southern aisle. An unfinished square tower sits on the northern end of the façade; its two stories rise to the base of the clerestory windows. The apse ends in a semi-octagonal roof. Along each aisle are narrow stained glass windows that depict events in the life of St. Patrick.

The five stained glass windows above the main altar depict St. Patrick's baptism, first communion, confirmation, ordination and consecration as Archbishop of Ireland.The windows lining the nave trace St. Patrick's life in Ireland from his capture by Irish raiders to his death. These windows also include the sacred Lay Lorica (the Faed Fiada or Deer's Cry) in Gaelic.

Interrelationship of Building and Surroundings

The church is in a residential area on a one-sided street that abuts a highway. Directly across from the church is a row of trees.

Additional Information

Date(s):  Built 1881
Style(s):  Gothic Revival
Historic Use:  Church
Present Use:  Church

Exterior visible from public road.
Interior accessible (during services ).

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