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Property of interest located in the City of Port of Spain bounded on the north by No. 22, Richmond Street (Sacred Heart RC Boys’ Primary School), on the south by Sackville Street, on the east by No. 20, Sackville Street  and on the west by Richmond Street.

 

The plans for Sacred Heart were drawn by Louis Auguste de Jacques de Labastide (1846-1882), and the church was completed in December of 1882. Sacred Heart is located on 21 Richmond Street, Port of Spain in close proximity to Woodford Square and the Red House, the city’s civic centre, as well as other historic religious properties, such as the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity and St. John’s (London) Baptist Church.

Built between 1880-1882, Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, also known as the “English Church,” appears to have been constructed with the intent to serve English-speaking Catholics during a time in which the Catholic community… was predominantly French in origin and language in Trinidad. Today, Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church continues its original function as a religious facility catering to workers in the area who frequent mid-day service throughout the work week.

Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church is made from limestone, brick, stone and is a limestone English Gothic Revival church with ballast brick quoins and trims, featuring pointed arched stained-glass windows and entrances, and asymmetrical elevations.

While the interior of the church has faced various changes, from colour scheme to a roof change, architecturally-significant elements such as the stained-glass windows and altar have remained intact. Overall, the exterior of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church retains its architectural integrity and possesses strong individual architectural merit.

Other Known Name: Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Address: Richmond Street

Town/City: Port of Spain

Region: Port of Spain

Site Type: Cultural Heritage

Ownership:

Public Accessibility:

Grade: Grade 2 – Property in which material change may be permitted, provided that similarity is maintained in all respects as the original composition, shape and form;

Cultural Community:

Site Features: Places of Worship

Address:

Richmond Street, Port of Spain