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St. Raphael Cathedral

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Identification

St. Raphael Cathedral
Saint Raphael Cathedral
123349

Map

Structure in General

church
demolished [destroyed]
masonry
sandstone
exposed structure
beaux-arts / historism

Usages

church

Facts

  • The Cathedral burned in a massive fire on March 14, 2005. The roof collapsed into the sanctuary, but the steeple remained. The fire was soon determined to be arson.
  • Saint Raphael's is one of the tallest buildings in downtown Madison. It is constructed of sandstone in a Romanesque Revival style.
  • On June 11, 2007, the Bishop of the Madison Diocese announced that the damaged St. Raphael Cathedral will be demolished and replaced with a new cathedral church on the same site.
  • Made a cathedral in 1866, it was closely associated with the Irish community in Madison, and is considered one of the most important of Madison's pioneer era landmarks.
  • This building was never intended to serve as a cathedral, but was elevated to that status in 1945, when Madison became the seat of the 11-county diocese.

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Location

214-222 West Main Street
99 South Henry Street
216 West Main Street
53703
Isthmus
Madison
Wisconsin
U.S.A.

Technical Data

235.00 ft
235.00 ft
1853
1862
Aug 2008

Involved Companies

John Nader
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