St Dominics Catholic Church Flemington

By Cathy Jones

St Dominic’s Catholic Church Flemington was built in 1955.  The church was designed by architect  Kevin J Curtin and built by J. Finlay.  Curtin and Finlay were also the architect and builder of Our Lady of the Assumption in Underwood Rd, which was built in a similar period.  The new Church was opened and blessed by Cardinal Gilroy on January 29, 1956.  The cost of the Church was £33,000 and was the first auditorium style church in the Sydney Archdiocese.

In Art and Architecture in 1955, the design was described as:

“The plan forms other than rectangular, need not be complicated nor smothered in applied ornament to prove interesting. Fan shaped plan – absence of columns – spaciousness – general circulation. Texture brick, copper roof, steel trusses and concrete combine to provide subject for the photograph”.

References

Architecture in Australia, October-November 1955, ‘Churches or ?’, p99

Catholic Weekly, May 26 1996, ‘St Dominics Flemington’, p14

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