The first-ever Hawes design to be built was this quirky little house in Bognor Regis on the south coast of England.  It was built as a holiday house for himself and his two older brothers.  Hawes wanted ocean views but the house is one street back from the waterfront, so he stacked the three bedrooms up on top of each other above a small entry hall, with a flat terrace on the top.  It was quite radical for its time and caused a good deal of interest in the architectural world, and the Bognor Regis community.  01_White_Tower.png
His first church commission was St Christopher's in Gunnerton, a village in Northumberland, near the Scottish border.  It was based on a model of a an "ideal" church which he had made and exhibited at an exhibition by the Royal Academy in 1898, and which attracted considerable favourable comment from other architects.  02_St_Christopher_Gunnerton.png
During his first visit to to The Bahamas in 1909-10 (as an Anglican), Hawes repaired and renovated many buildings that had been devastated by a huge hurricane in 1908.  This one, St Paul's, is on Long Island and was for a time known as "The Pearl of The Bahamas".  It was one of his first attempts at making a hurricane-proof building, with its massive concrete roof over the sanctuary section.  03_St_Pauls_Anglican.png
After his Catholic conversion in 1910 and several years of personal and spiritual upheaval, Hawes was enticed to move to Western Australia in 1915 by the then bishop William Kelly.  The chance to design a cathedral for the town of Geraldton was the attractor, and the magnificent Cathedral of St Francis Xavier is the result.  It had a very long gestation, taking almost the entire length of his stay in Western Australia to be finished.  04_Cathedral.png
Hawes was the parish priest in Mullewa for several years in the late 1920s and early 1930s.  During that time he designed and built the Church of Our Lady of Mt Carmel, a very personal project.  It was built almost entirely by his own physical labour, and he also added a priest house adjoining it for his own place of residence.  05_Mullewa.png
Hawes designed very few private residences anywhere, but this one, at Melangata Station north of Yalgoo, was built quite early in his stay in Western Australia. It is quite unusual for an Australian homestead, with its arched entrances, a castellated tower on the north-east corner, and even its own tiny chapel inside.  06_Melangata.png

Hawes' second period in The Bahamas lasted from 1939 until his death in 1956.  He acquired land on Cat Island almost immediately after arrival, and built this remarkable hermitage to be his home.  It was built almost entirely with his own hands, and the chapel in the centre was given priority.  He celebrated his first mass in it in May 1940.  After he died, his body was laid to rest in the cave beneath the hilltop, the entrance to which can be seen at lower right.

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