History of the Cathedral Basilica Architects and Artisans Architects George D Barnett of Barnett, Haynes, and Barnett of Saint Louis designed the entire structure of the Cathedral including a circular Sacristy on the north end which was not built when the main structure was completed in Barnett also designed the main Altar, the baldachino, and the Lower Sanctuary mosaics. The mosaics were installed by the Gorham Company of New York in Barnett also designed the Blessed Sacrament Chapel and its mosaics which were installed by Gorham in and
History[ edit ] Planning for the cathedral began under the authority of Archbishop Peter Richard Kenrick in the s and s, and a fund was created for the construction of the building by Archbishop John Joseph Kain.
Barnett led the design team for the project.
A ceremony was conducted on May 1, for the groundbreaking of the site, and a formal laying of the building's cornerstone took place on October 18, The grounds of the Cathedral also contain the distinctive circular Chancery Building, circadesigned by the Peruvian-American modernist architect Wenceslaus Sarmiento.
An interior image of the Cathedral Tintinnabuluma small bell signifying the status of the church as a minor basilica Ceiling of All Saints Chapel Mosaics[ edit ] Interior of the Cathedral Ininstallation of mosaics in the interior began. Completed inthe mosaics collectively contain Ceiling of the narthex, passage from 2 Timothy 4: Also in the church undercroft is a chapel dedicated to the souls of former leaders of the Archdiocese.
Currently, Cardinals John J. May are buried in the Cathedral's crypt. Ina foot high, welded stainless steel sculpture by Wiktor Szostalo was installed on the side lawn of the church. The sculpture was a gift from Adelaide Schlafly in memory of her late husband, Daniel Schlafly, a Catholic layman who was dedicated to the cause of racial justice and peace.
It features a winged angel with African-American features, standing behind three children with Hispanic, Asian and European features, playing a song of peace on their instruments.
The sculpture emphasizes a theme of harmony, peace, and racial justice, according to Auxiliary Bishop Edward Braxtonwho suggested the project to Archbishop Justin Rigali. Kilgen and Son, Inc. Originally, the organ had two four manual keyboard organ consolesone in the gallery with the organ, and another console behind the sanctuary.
InKilgen put a new organ into the Cathedral. The organ had 77 ranks of pipes, 14 of which came from the older organ. Inthe M. Moller organ company refurbished the organ. They added more ranks of pipes, which brought the organ to 96 ranks of pipes.
The company also added some digital stops to the organ. A new four manual organ console replaced the old Kilgen console behind the sanctuary, and the second gallery console was refurbished. Wicks also updated the organ's electronics.
In the winter of the gallery organ was expanded, and a new dome division of pipes was added to the organ. The final step in the project, the replacement of the original gallery console and a smaller two manual console that took its place with a five-manual console was completed in It is now possible to control every part of the organ from either the gallery console or the moveable sanctuary console.
The original Kilgen console was moved into the basement museum, and can be viewed by visitors.The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis is a masterpiece of art and history.
It rivals the grandest Cathedrals in the world. Artisans, craftsmen, stonecutters, and masons spent almost a century creating this incomparable church.
Friends of the Cathedral Basilica. Help preserve a masterpiece. The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis is a masterpiece of art and history. It rivals the grandest Cathedrals in the world. History. With a history dating back to s, St. Louis Cathedral is one of New Orleans historically rich landmarks.
The land where the cathedral stands was first designated as a church site in The Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France, also called St.
Louis Cathedral (French: Cathédrale Saint-Louis, Roi-de-France, Spanish: Catedral de San Luis), is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans and is the oldest cathedral in what would become the United States.
The first church on the site was built in St. John the Apostle and Evangelist Catholic Church, Beautiful historic Catholic Church in Dowtown St.
Louis Missouri. Trivia Night September 15 • pm – pm. The Pursuing Racial Justice Committee is hosting a Trivia Night, titled "Lift Every Voice and Vote," to support MCU's get out the vote efforts, the Cathedral Housing Partnership, the Provost's discretionary fund, and PRJ programming.