Tag: Cathedral of Saint Paul

Remembering Masqueray

Remembering Masqueray

| February 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

University of St. Thomas shines spotlight on Cathedral, Basilica architect 100 years after his death

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Piano concert to highlight Cathedral acoustics

Piano concert to highlight Cathedral acoustics

| Susan Klemond | December 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

One winter night last year, pianist Steven C. Anderson was preparing to record a CD in the sanctuary of the Cathedral of St. Paul when he discovered that the echo his piano produced in the Cathedral’s vast, sacred space was like another musical instrument that could enhance his performance if “played” properly.

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First cathedral carving, Bishop Cretin’s letter among archivist’s favorite finds

First cathedral carving, Bishop Cretin’s letter among archivist’s favorite finds

| February 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Every morning, Celeste Raspanti walks through the Cathedral of St. Paul’s “secret door.”

The brown slab of metal is not visible from the street or even the sidewalk marking the perimeter of the grand edifice.

Situated near the northeast corner of the church, it leads to the balcony of Msgr. Ambrose Hayden Hall, where decades of cathedral history are stashed in dozens of cardboard boxes that Raspanti works feverishly to sort and organize.

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Masqueray’s masterpiece

Masqueray’s masterpiece

| February 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

According to local historian Alan Lathrop’s 1980 profile of Emmanuel Louis Masqueray for Minnesota History magazine, the architect was “virtually unknown” in 1904, at the time Archbishop John Ireland commissioned the 43-year-old to design the Cathedral of St. Paul.

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A look back in time

A look back in time

| February 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Barren walls. A silent eucharistic prayer. Hats, lots of them.

This would have been the scene for the first Masses at the Cathedral of St. Paul starting on that Palm Sunday in 1915.

The visual changes within the cathedral — and the people who worship there — mirror the last century’s changes in the liturgy.

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Local historian says cathedral from ‘age of heroic architecture’

Local historian says cathedral from ‘age of heroic architecture’

| February 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Local historian Larry Millett isn’t an expert on the Cathedral of St. Paul, but as a longtime researcher of the Twin Cities’ architectural landscape, he can’t help but run into it, he said. As anyone driving West on Interstate 94 into St. Paul knows, that domed building overlooking downtown “is pretty hard to ignore,” Millett said.

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First-person memory of the first Mass at the cathedral

First-person memory of the first Mass at the cathedral

| February 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

“I can still see Archbishop John Ireland at the altar, beaming with joy. . . . On that morning the cathedral was hardly more than a shell. Only the wall and the dome had been erected. The walls were completed, in a sense, but the bare bricks that composed them were exposed on the inside.”

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Rector: Preserving, celebrating cathedral honors its legacy

Rector: Preserving, celebrating cathedral honors its legacy

| February 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

As a child growing up in St. Paul, Father John Ubel recalls confusing the Cathedral of St. Paul with the Minnesota State Capitol. His mother would gently remind him that the cathedral had the green dome, and the Capitol was white. Decades later, he is rector of the cathedral — the dome of which has been restored to dark copper — as it celebrates 100 years since its first Mass in 1915.

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‘It is your home’

‘It is your home’

| February 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

John McCormack was better suited than most to judge the countenance of Archbishop John Ireland 100 years ago on March 28 when thousands came to attend the first Mass at the informal opening of the fourth and current Cathedral of St. Paul.

As the McCormack of Clark & McCormack, the company that provided the granite for the cathedral, he would have had many opportunities to be with the St. Paul archbishop during the near decade of planning and construction of the “new cathedral” on the brow of what St. Paulites then called St. Anthony Hill.

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Five reasons to check out Red Bull Crashed Ice

Five reasons to check out Red Bull Crashed Ice

| January 22, 2015 | 2 Comments

Cass Gilbert, the nationally regarded architect known for the U.S. Supreme Court building and the Minnesota State Capitol, is reported to have remarked: “If the dome of the Cathedral of St. Paul and that of the new state capitol were part of a city in Europe, they would be world famous.” The cathedral will get another shot at international fame Jan. 22-24, with the fourth annual Red Bull Crashed Ice season opener in St. Paul. As in years past, the ice-skate-racing course is built to show off the Cathedral of St. Paul’s impressive facade.

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Crashed Ice coming

Crashed Ice coming

| January 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Course construction is under way at the Cathedral of St. Paul for the upcoming Red Bull Crashed Ice event, which will take place Jan. 22-24.

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Wedding plans: Cathedral seeks photos for centennial exhibit

Wedding plans: Cathedral seeks photos for centennial exhibit

| December 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

A box full of wedding photos sits at Celeste Raspanti’s elbow. As she lifts one from the stack and looks at it, two brides, two grooms, two maids of honor and two best men look back. It’s an image more than 99 years old, made of the wedding parties from a double wedding, the first of its kind at the “new” Cathedral of St. Paul on April 14, 1915.

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