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Old St. Mary's Cathedral

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Identification

Old St. Mary's Cathedral
Old St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church
298194

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Structure in General

church
existing [completed]
steel
concrete
brick
dark red
neo-gothic

Usages

church

Facts

  • In 1853, the Cathedral was planned to become the new headquarters for the newly formed archdiocese of San Francisco, headed by the Spaniard, Joseph Sadoc Alemany.
  • The Cathedral was designed to resemble a Gothic church from the Archbishop Alemany's hometown in Spain.
  • The original plan was to include a steeple, but the potential for an earthquake to topple it into the street resulted in shortened bell tower.
  • Granite quarried in China and shipped in precut blocks was used for the base, locally quarried sandstone was used in the foundation and main entrance, and the walls were built from bricks fired in New England and shipped around Cape Horn as ship ballast.
  • The building was dedicated at the Midnight Mass on Christmas Day in 1854.
  • The Cathedral survived the Great Quake of 1906 relatively unscathed, but was gutted by the fire that ensued the following day; the roof, ceilings, and stained glass windows were all destroyed, and the fire was so hot that the bell melted.
  • With only its outer walls and bell tower remaining after the 1906 earthquake and fire, the cathedral underwent a several-year restoration, and was rededicated on June 20, 1909.
  • The Cathedral is a California Historical Landmark (No. 810).

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Location

660-698 California Street
660 California Street
94108
Chinatown
Northeast
San Francisco
California
U.S.A.

Technical Data

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1853
1854
1929

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Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • City landmark
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