St Gerard's Church and Monastery

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St Gerard's Church and Monastery
St Gerard's Monastery Wellington, 2008.jpg
St Gerard's Church and Monastery in 2008
General information
Architectural style Gothic
Town or city 73-75 Hawker Street, Mount Victoria, Wellington
Country New Zealand
Coordinates 41°17′31″S 174°47′27″E / 41.291962°S 174.790784°E / -41.291962; 174.790784
Construction started Church: 1908, Monastery: 1931
Design and construction
Architect Church: John Sydney Swan, Monastery: Frederick de Jersey Clere
Designated: 5 April 1984
Reference No. 226 and 227

St Gerard's Church and Monastery collectively form one of Wellington's most distinctive and iconic landmarks. Located on Mount Victoria in Wellington, both buildings are classified as a "Category I" ("places of 'special or outstanding historical or cultural heritage significance or value'") historic places by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.[1][2]

The Church[edit]

Built in 1908 for the Redemptorists, the church was the first in the world to be dedicated to the Italian saint Gerard Majella.[2] In recognition of this status, the church used to house an oil painting of St Gerard in Ecstasy which was given by the Holy See.

The Monastery[edit]

Built in 1932, funded by public donations, the three storied Monastery was constructed as a home for the Redemptorists.[1]

St Gerard's Monastery in 2010


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "St Gerard's Monastery". Register of Historic Places. New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "St Gerard's Church". Register of Historic Places. New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Retrieved 25 May 2010.