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Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Springfield, Illinois)

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Country  United States
Website  cathedral.dio.org
Dedication  October 14, 1928
Architect  Joseph W. McCarthy
Denomination  Roman Catholic
Founded  1857
Phone  +1 217-522-3342
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Springfield, Illinois)
Location  524 E. Lawrence Avenue Springfield, Illinois
Address  524 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, IL 62703, USA
Diocese  Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois
Architectural style  Greek Revival architecture
Similar  Camp Butler National, Cathedral Church of St Paul, Oak Ridge Cemetery, Illinois State Capitol, Cathedral of Saint Peter

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is the seat of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. The cathedral, for which the cornerstone was laid on August 14, 1927, was dedicated on October 14, 1928. The cathedral complex is built in a modified Greek Revival architectural style.

Description

The cathedral was built and consecrated under the leadership of James Aloysius Griffin, fourth bishop of the diocese - but the first bishop to be based in Illinois' capital city of Springfield as the diocese was previously seated in Quincy, Illinois, then Alton, Illinois).

The cathedral complex is faced with Mankato stone, also called "Mankato Kasota stone," a golden limestone quarried in Mankato, Minnesota. Like many cathedral complexes, it also contains working space for the bishop and staff. An elementary school building forms the southern component of the complex. The cathedral itself is consecrated to the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, and is under the patronage of the Blessed Mother.

The cathedral is the second building in Springfield to be consecrated to the Immaculate Conception, the first being a Catholic church in use from 1858 until 1928. When the seat of the diocese moved to Springfield in 1923, it needed a larger structure to serve as cathedral. After completion of the cathedral, the nearby Lincoln-era church was de-consecrated and removed.

The official address of the cathedral complex is 524 East Lawrence Avenue in Springfield, Illinois.

References

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Springfield, Illinois) Wikipedia


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