Corpus Christi in Nueces County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Corpus Christi Cathedral
The Corpus Christi Cathedral is the second structure to serve as cathedral for the Diocese of Corpus Christi. It replaced Saint Patrick's, the church which had become the cathedral when the city was elevated to Diocesan seat in 1912. After a 1938 fire damaged Saint Patrick's (originally located at 800 Tancahua), the John G. Kenedy family began the drive for donations for a new cathedral by donating this property, the original site of their family residence, to the diocese.
Bishops E. B. Ledvina and Mariano S. Garriaga retained architect C.L. Monnot of Oklahoma, who designed this lofty, two-story structure. A stylized interpretation of the architecture of the early Spanish missions, the cathedral features asymmetrical bell towers with painted terra cotta domes, art glass windows, and a low-pitched gable tile roof.
The cornerstone was laid March 1, 1940. Pope Pius XII advised Bishop Ledvina to name the new structure after its host city, whose name in Latin means "Body of Christ". Later that year on July 17, 1940, the new structure was dedicated as the Corpus Christi Cathedral.
Erected 1991 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1065.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Landmarks • Notable Buildings. A significant historical date for this entry is March 1, 1940.
Location. 27° 47.659′ N, 97° 23.795′ W. Marker is in Corpus Christi, Texas, in Nueces County. Marker is on North Upper Broadway north of Lipan Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located on the church grounds, beside the sidewalk, near the southeast corner of the church. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 506 North Upper Broadway, Corpus Christi TX 78401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Corpus Christi Cathedral Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Old St. Patrick's Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Centennial House (within shouting distance of this marker); Gold Star Court of Honor (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Kinney's Trading Post (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Ranchero (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Army Deserters Hanged in Corpus Christi (approx. 0.2 miles away); Broadway Bluff Improvement (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corpus Christi.
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