The Irish American Architect, Patrick C. Keely, and his Soaring Six Spires of Albany

The Irish American Architect, Patrick C. Keely, and his Soaring Six Spires of Albany


The Irish American Heritage Museum will host a presentation on Irish American architect Patrick C. Keely and his soaring six spires of Albany on May 20 at 2:00 PM. The presentation will be given by Edwared Furey, President of the Patrick Keely Society.

Admission | Free to members, $5 non-members

As one crosses over the Hudson River coming into Albany, one is easily struck by some soaring church spires. Near the south of the city's center, one sees the two great spires of Patrick C. Keely's, Immaculate Conception Cathedral, and to the North of the city, one perceives a cluster of three spires, which belong to the great, Keely Church of St. Joseph, funded by some of the "Lumber Barons of Albany." The Madames of the Sacred Heart would call upon Patrick Keely to build their notable Convent an Kenwood Academy, in the southern end of Albany, and to that Keely structure, a grand central tower would soar heavenward

Patrick C. Keely was an immigrant carpenter who migrated to America in 1842. Thurles, County Tipperary, was his hometown. His father William, was superintendent of St. Patrick's College in Thurles, Eventually the two Keely sons emigrated to America. Patrick arrived in Brooklyn in 1842, to practice his skill, and William arrived in Louisville, Kentucky. Thus began two great careers in architecture, that would supply great churches to these areas of America.

The power point presentation on Patrick Keely, will follow his life and great work in his nearly 700 ecclesiastical designs in architecture, along the Atlantic seaboard, into Canada, out to Watertown Wisconsin, and down to New Orleans, where he designed the largest church in the South.

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May 20 | 2:00 PM