St Columbas, Elwood, 1929, AA Fritsch

One of the many many #redbrick #Romanesque/#Byzantine/#Gothic #CatholicChurches designed by the wonderfully named #AugustusFritsch, aka #AAFritsch. If you see a church like that anywhere in Victoria it’s probably his, or maybe #FritschandFritsch, in partnership with his son.

His first churches were in this style, nicely eclectic Edwardian in the 1900s, which he barely changed for 25 years – this one is 1929, but looks like it might be 1905. It’s also is very urban, with the #belltower looming over the shops clustered around the 5 point Elwood intersection. Great stuff. I guess this one is more or less Romanesque, but with an Austrian (?) #oniondome on the tower.

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