Walking by St. Patrick Church, you can’t help but notice the clear contrast between it and its surroundings. Located at Jessie Square next to the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and surrounded by much taller buildings, the church is a window to San Francisco’s past.
St. Patrick’s was there when miners left for the gold country, it served the area’s first Irish immigrants, survived the great fire and earthquake of 1906, and continues to serve the changing community around it.
St. Patrick’s architecture is reminiscent of cathedrals in Europe with Tiffany-style stained glass windows depicting each of the patron saints of the thirty-two counties of Ireland. The church is open to locals and visitors alike, and the inside is adorned with marble in the Irish national colors – green, white and gold.