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Cathedral of St. Helena, Helena

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The Cathedral of Saint Helena is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena, Montana. Modeled by architect A.O. Von Herbulis after the Votivkirche in Vienna, Austria, the construction began on the Cathedral in 1908, and held its first mass in November 1914. The Cathedral sustained significant damage during the 1935 Helena earthquake, which required extensive renovations. The Cathedral was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.HistoryConstructionThe site for the cathedral was purchased in 1905. A.O. Von Herbulis of Washington, D.C., was commissioned as the architect. Von Herbulis was trained abroad and was chosen for his knowledge of the cathedrals of Europe. Rough sketches were prepared in two styles, Romanesque and Gothic. When the drawings were presented, the Building Committee chose the Gothic form; a motion to authorize that design passed unanimously. Von Herbulis modelled the Cathedral after the Votivkirche in Vienna, Austria, which he had become familiar with while studying at university in Vienna.The Columbia Construction Company of New York City began construction of the Cathedral in 1908; the cornerstone was laid on October 4 that year. On November 8, 1914, the Catholic community of Helena gathered to celebrate Mass for the first time in the new church, and the first funeral held in the Cathedral was that of Thomas Cruse, a benefactor, December 26, 1914. The Cathedral remained under construction for ten more years; in June 1924, the Cathedral was consecrated. Its total cost of construction amounted to $645,000.
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  • Beautiful Cathedral in the Historic District of Helena, close to Last Chance Gulch. The stained glass is spectacular!  more »
  • Some of the most beautiful stained glass windows are in this majestic building. I have been to many masses at this Cathdral and also would go to be in a peaceful place to meditate.  more »
  • We stopped by on a Saturday afternoon and did a lovely self-guided tour. Very peaceful to sit in the pews, even for us non-Catholics. Lovely stained glass!!  more »
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  • This large Gothic cathedral in west-central Montana is spectacular! A rare gem.
  • Monsignor O’Neill homily was outstanding. Nice service.
  • You want spiritual? This place does spiritual. And god is there
  • Someone knows Pastor Paul Witherow of Cathedral St Helena. be careful! The person with that name is doing illegal business in the name of the Church mentioned. Call from Montana saying that he is pastor of the Church and wants to cheat if you have any business.
  • The most beautiful church. I've been attending since 1966
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