Topic: St Joseph's Church 1928 (Hawera)

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St Joseph's Church 1928 (Hawera) 

This church replaced the 1887 building and was designed by the well-known architect Frederick de Jersey Clere. The builder was J T Julian and Son (Manager F W Whitaker).

The foundation stone for the large church was laid on 18 March 1928 and it opened later that year on 9 December. The total cost was about £22,000.

By the 1960s shortcomings in the building were proving a liability for the local congregation. Repairs to the masonry and the complete replacement of the leaking windows cost £20,000.

In 1984 the parish decided to build a new church. It was demolished in 1993 and work began on the present church.

For more information please see Susan MacLean's "Architect of the Angels; The Churches of Frederick de Jersey Clere". (TRC726.5092 CLE). Available in the Taranaki Research Centre I Te Pua Wananga o Taranaki at Puke Ariki.


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St Joseph's Church 1928 (Hawera)