Saint Michael's Cathedral - Springfield, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 06.246 W 072° 35.042
18T E 699764 N 4664159
Quick Description: Saint Michael's Cathedral is located on 254 State Street in Springfield, MA.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 8/14/2013 2:56:47 AM
Waymark Code: WMHV19
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
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Long Description:

Saint Michael's Roman Catholic Church was the first Catholic Church constructed in the City of Springfield. Construction of this combination of Gothic Revival and Italian Renaissance structure began in 1860 and was completed the following year. It was designed by architect Patrick Charles Keeley. In 1871, when the Diocese of Springfield was established, St. Michael's became the seat of the diocese and the church became a cathedral.

The cathedral features a ridged roof, a tower topped with a steeple, a pair of wings, three sets of double doors on the front and round headed stained glass windows.

As part of the City of Springfield's 350th anniversary in 1986 plaques have been installed on many historic building. The plaque on this building reads:

ST. MICHAEL'S
CATHEDRAL AND
RECTORY
254 and 260 State Street
Built 1860 and 1871
*||||||||||||||||||||

This church was the first in the City to be built for Roman
Catholic use. Prior to construction, Catholics had wor-
shipped in St. Benedict's, a former Baptist church at the cor-
ner of Union and Willow Streets. The edifice was designed
by Patrick C. Keely, the most prominent mid-nineteenth cen-
tury architect for Catholic churches in America. In 1870,
when the Diocese of Springfield was created, St. Michael's
became its cathedral. The next year the Second French Em-
pire style rectory was built by Michael Curtis of Springfield
and James Carroll of Worcester.

==============350th
1636 -1986 Springfield, Ma.

These properties are listed on the National Register of Historic
Places as part of the Quadrangle/Mattoon Street Historic District.

Address:
254 State Street Springfield, MA 01103


Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic

Date founded or constructed: Constructed 1860 - Cathedral Designation 1871

Web site: [Web Link]

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