St Pius X Church

98 Channel Highway, Taroona

Saturday, Nov 13

Architect: Esmond Dorney (1957)

Designed by renowned Tasmanian architect Edmond Dorney in the 1950s, the St Pius X Catholic Church is Australia’s first Modernist church. Nestled amongst native bushland with sweeping views to the Derwent estuary, the unique curved roof and building design employs the natural setting and light of its situation to marry internal and external space.  The lightweight steel pipe-framed structure with glass and panel infill is typical of much of Dorney’s work.

Open: Saturday 12 November, 10 am – 4 pm



Building Types

Intact Interior

Place of Worship

Roof Design

Architectural Period

Mid-Twentieth Century (1940-1960)


Architectural Design



Level Changes

Paddy Dorney

Paddy Dorney is a retired member of the governing Council and the Senate of the University of Tasmania. He has taught architecture at UTAS School of Architecture and was the Student President of the University for some years. He has worked in concert with the Australian Institute of Architects to present the very exciting and successful Open House Program from its origin, ten years ago. Read more

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