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Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

  • Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

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    Completed in 1912, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception features twin French Gothic spires that rise 210 feet above Colfax Avenue.
    Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
  • Hugh McMenamin

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    Construction of the cathedral stagnated for many years before Hugh McMenamin became the driving force behind the building's completion in the early 1900s.
    Hugh McMenamin
  • Cathedral Dedication, 1912

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    The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception was dedicated on October 27, 1912, in a ceremony that included a parade of 10,000 Catholics through the city.
    Cathedral Dedication, 1912
  • Cathedral Interior

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    The building featured Italian marble statuary and stained-glass windows made by the Royal Bavarian Institute in Germany. It could seat 1,500, the largest capacity of any church in the city at the time.
    Cathedral Interior
  • Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

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    Designated as a minor basilica in 1979, the church remains the heart of Denver's Catholic community. Its lunch program serves more than 50,000 meals annually to the poor and homeless.
    Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
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References: 

Helen M. Arndt, “Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception,” National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form (September 1, 1974).

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 75th Anniversary, October 1987 (Denver: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 1987).

Thomas J. Noel, Colorado Catholicism and the Archdiocese of Denver, 1857–1989 (Niwot: University Press of Colorado, 1989).

Additional Information: 

Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.

Hugh L. McMenamin, The Pinnacled Glory of the West: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. . . . 2nd ed. (Virginia Beach: Donning, 2011).

Michelle Pearson, Historic Sacred Places of Denver (Denver: Historic D

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