Patrick Keely

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Patrick Charles Keely (1816, Thurles, County Tipperary — Aug. 11, 1896, Brooklyn, New York) was an Irish-American architect based in Brooklyn, New York and Providence, Rhode Island. He was a prolific designer of nearly six hundred churches and hundreds of other institutional buildings for the Roman Catholic Church or Roman Catholic patrons in the eastern United States of America and Canada, particularly in New York City, Boston, Massachusetts, and Chicago in the later half of the nineteenth century. He designed every nineteenth-century Catholic cathedral in New England. Several other church and institutional architects began their careers in his firm.

Early life in Ireland

Keely was born in Thurles, County Tipperary, Ireland (alternatively another source states it was County Kilkenny, Ireland) on August 9, 1816 to a family in comfortable circumstances. His draftsman and builder father introduced him to architecture and training in construction, though nothing is recorded of his architectural design education.

Early life in Brooklyn, New York

He emigrated through Castle Gardens to Brooklyn, New York in 1842. He arrived at a time when Catholicism in the United States was expanding from its initial footholds in Baltimore, Maryland, New York City, and Boston Massachusetts. Initially, he worked as a carpenter and builder since there were few trained...
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