Patrick Ford

Patrick Ford (1847–1900) was an Irish-American architect who, along with Patrick Keely of Brooklyn and James Murphy of Providence, designed many Roman Catholic churches built in the eastern part of United States through the latter half of the 19th century.  Born in Ballincollig, Ireland and educated at Queen's College Cork, Ford emigrated to the United States in 1866. He briefly lived in New York where he may have worked in the office of Patrick Keely and then went to work for architects E. Boyden & Son in Worcester.

In 1872 Ford moved to Boston and opened his own practice. Widely recognized as an authority on church architecture, his practice focused primarily on designing churches and institutional buildings for the Roman Catholic Church in New England.

In Lowell, Ford designed the St. Jean Baptiste/Nuestra Senora del Carmen Church (1889-1896, 741 Merrimack Street).  Elsewhere, other notable works include the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church (1879-1884) and St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church (1884-1893) in Worcester, St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church (1881) in Northampton, and St. Anselm's College in Manchester, New Hampshire.


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