Galveston in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
St. Mary's Cathedral
The cornerstone for St. Mary’s Cathedral was laid in 1847, the same year that the Catholic Diocese of Galveston – which included all of Texas – was established. Father J.M. Odin, the first Bishop of Galveston, traveled to Europe and secured 500,000 bricks in Antwerp for the building’s construction, also encouraging laborers from England, Ireland and Germany to come to Texas to build the edifice. Architect Nicholas Clayton designed additions in 1876 and 1882. The Gothic Revival style church is built of brick covered with stucco scored to look like stone. Spires and stained glass windows are prominent.
Marker is property of the State of Texas
Erected by Texas Historical Commission.
Location. 29° 18.247′ N, 94° 47.438′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is on Moody Avenue (21st Street) south of Church Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker and Texas Historical Medallion are mounted at waist-level, directly on the subject building, under a tall stained-glass window, to the left of the main front sanctuary entrance (from Moody Avenue). Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named St. Mary's Cathedral (was a few steps from this marker but has been reported missing. ); Galveston in the Republic of Texas (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); George Campbell Childress (about 400 feet away); Exploration (about 400 feet away); Scottish Rite Masonry (about 400 feet away); Texas Bar Association (about 400 feet away); [Galveston County] Early History (about 400 feet away); The Rt. Rev. Monsignor James Martin Kirwin (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
Regarding St. Mary's Cathedral. National Register of Historic Places (1973), Recorded Texas Historic Landmark (1968)
Also see . . .
1. St. Mary's Cathedral, Galveston. Pope Pius IX made St. Mary's Cathedral, the mother church of the Catholic Diocese of Galveston-Houston, the cathedral for the newly established Diocese of Galveston on May 4, 1847. At that time the diocese comprised the entire state. The original structure, including the central nave, side aisles, transept, and apse, was completed in 1848. The architect for the Gothic Revival church was Theodore E. Giraud. The (Submitted on June 18, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Jean Marie Odin. Jean Marie (John Mary) Odin, was the first Catholic bishop of Galveston and second archbishop of New Orleans, Louisiana. Odin's greatest contribution to the development of the church in the United States was the effort that he made toward the revival of Catholicism in Texas during the period 1840–1861, in order to rebuild the church in Texas after its decline with the secularization of the missions (1794–1830) and the Texas Revolution. Odin's notable career in Texas came to an end in 1861, when the Vatican nominated him to succeed Archbishop Anthony Blanc as the ordinary of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. (Submitted on June 18, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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