After the original chapel doubled in size, it was formally proclaimed the Cathedral of Saint Paul in 1851. The congregation continued to grow (I guess people decided living in St. Paul sounded better than Pig's Eye) and quickly outgrew the chapel. A new cathedral in downtown St. Paul was built within a few months and at its opening in early 1852, was already overcrowded. In July 1854, construction on a third cathedral started and after a stoppage due to a financial crisis, a modest structure was finally completed in June 1858. A lack of space continued to plague the parish and it didn't take long before the Bishop of St. Paul envisioned a larger and grander cathedral. It fell to Archbishop John Ireland, the successor to the Bishop of St. Paul, to carry out that vision.
The cornerstone of the current cathedral was laid on June 2, 1907. The exterior was completed in 1914 and the first Mass was held on on Palm Sunday 1915. It took a few more decades of work to put the finishing touches on the interior of the Cathedral including the chapels of St. Peter's, St. Joseph's and the Blessed Virgin Mary's. The Cathedral was consecrated in 1958.
Guided tours are available but I was there on a non-tour day.
|Cathedral of Saint Paul - St. Paul, Minnesota|
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