St Patrick's Church

Medicine Hat’s most prominent landmark is St. Patrick’s Church. The church with its 170 foot gothic tower, is said to be one of the finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture in all of North America. Its design was inspired by the medieval cathedrals in Europe.

The construction of the church in 1912, called for challenging and novel building methods and resulted in a triumph of engineering-science for the time. This task necessitated a continuous pouring of concrete, from the bottom of the foundation to the top of the highest cross. This was achieved by a large motor-driven concrete mixer connected to a tower elevator. The concrete was hoisted by drum-and-cable and delivered to any part of the wall by large conveyor pipes. In 1912, all of this was achieved without the benefit of modern transit mix or concrete pumps.

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