The Monuments Conservancy and art historian-author Donald Reynolds announce their free annual symposium which this year is devoted to Catholic architect Patrick Charles Keely. The free symposium runs from 8:30am - 5:00pm. Meetup member Frank Greenagel will be presenting a talk "Exemplar of the Best in Gothic Design" at 10:30. Frank is an author, educator, industrial psychologist and photographer. He is the force behind The New Jersey Churchscape, a database and photographic inventory containing more than a thousand fo the 18th and 19th century churches of New Jersey (http://njchurchscape.com/ - photograph below is by Frank Greenagel from his website).
Keely was a prolific ecclesiastical architect who lived and practiced in Brooklyn for about 50 years beginning in the early 1840s. Although he designed about 700 churches and church buildings, only about a third of them have been identified and he has nearly been forgotten by history. He, aided by a number of other Catholic architects who trained with him, virtually built the church in the northeast, while his known commissions extended to the Midwest and South. New Jersey was important to his career.
Keely was “discovered” at St. John’s, Newark by his eventual patron, the Rev. Sylvester Malone who entrusted Keely with his first works. Keely designed most of the cathedrals built during his time. His first is now Newark’s St. Patrick’s Pro Cathedral. Other major New Jersey commissions include the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Paterson, St. Patrick’s in Jersey City, Sacred Heart in Trenton and the Church of St. Michael’s
Monastery in Union City.