675,000 bricks.

This is Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Palestine, Texas.  The current building, in Victorian Gothic style, was completed in 1893 and is composed of 675,000 bricks.  The architect, Nicholas J. Clayton, also designed the Bishop’s Palace in Corpus Christi, Texas.  The interior walls are covered in plaster, which is now being replaced.  On a recent visit to Palestine, I met Doug and Dan James, brothers, who are re-plastering the wall behind the altar.  They also have plans to re-paint the exterior walls. 

By the way, in Texas we pronounce the town “Pal-uh-steen” to avoid confusion with the Middle East.  (Although confusion doesn’t stop us from having a town called Scotland.)

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