St Joseph's Old Cathedral, Oklahoma City

St Joseph's Old Cathedral, Oklahoma City

St. Joseph Old Cathedral is a parish church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City located in downtown Oklahoma City. It was the seat of the 'Diocese of Oklahoma City-Tulsa' from 1905-1931 and it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

The church was constructed of Coffeyville brick in the Gothic Revival style. It features a central tower with a spire that is flanked by two shorter towers that are crenellated at the top. The building measures 137 by 64 feet.

St. Joseph's Old Cathedral was extensively damaged when a bomb exploded at the nearby Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995. Most of the stained glass windows on the east side of the church were shattered, and the pipe organ was extensively damaged. The explosion raised the roof several inches off its steel pillars and several of the rafters were broken. Plaster fell from the walls and ceiling and the painted, symbolic plaster medallions were destroyed.

The church was closed for nearly two years. A statue carved from Italian marble entitled And Jesus Wept was created to commemorate the event and is adjacent to the Oklahoma City National Memorial. It was dedicated in May 1997 and the church was rededicated on December 1 of the same year.
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Sight Name: St Joseph's Old Cathedral
Sight Location: Oklahoma City, USA (See walking tours in Oklahoma City)
Sight Type: Religious
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Walking Tours in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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