St. Ann's Cathedral

St. Ann's Cathedral (HM2MG1)

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N 47° 30.52', W 111° 17.749'

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Shortly after Pope Pius X established the Diocese of Great Falls in 1904, Great Falls' first bishop, Matthias Lenihan, hired Montana architect John Hackett Kent to design a cathedral equal to those in Europe. Kent, who helped design the Montana state capitol, looked to thirteenth-century England for inspiration. St. Ann's shares all the features of the Gothic Revival style: an "exaggerated verticality" that makes the building itself look as if it were reaching toward heaven, a cruciform plan, pointed arches, window tracery, and a ribbed interior vault. According to the Great Falls Tribune, its red and cream sandstone was quarried locally, with "each block ... cut for a particular place in the structure and ... marked [to] ... designate it for that one particular place." Bitterroot Valley sculptor W. R. Gifford carved the two-ton exterior figure of Christ, which graces the top of the gable end arch. Construction of the cathedral, which seats five hundred people, cost approximately $100,000. Money for the project came from the four hundred parishioners living in Great Falls in 1906.
HM NumberHM2MG1
Placed ByMontana Historical Society; Department of the Interior, National Register of Historic Places
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Date Added Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 at 8:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 477724 N 5261735
Decimal Degrees47.50866667, -111.29581667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 47° 30.52', W 111° 17.749'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds47° 30' 31.2" N, 111° 17' 44.94" W
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