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  Brick cathedral erected
Category:  Architecture, Religion
Brief Description:  A new brick cathedral is erected on Laclede´s church square, commissioned by Bishop Louis William Valentin DuBourg. The first mass is celebrated on Christmas Day, 1819. Through DuBourg´s European contacts, religious art of many types made its way to St. Louis, resulting in a elegantly decorated interior. The exterior, however, was narrow and awkward. It was built on the site of the old log church of Laclede, Vasquez, Cruzat & Father Bernard, on Laclede´s church square between 2nd & 3rd Streets, just west of Auguste Chouteau´s home. It was replaced by the current Old Cathedral of St. Louis of France within a decade [Primm 96, 97; Ravensway 173].
Year:  1819
Decade:  1810 - 1819
Beginning Date:    1819
Ending Date:     Dec. 25, 1819

DuBourg, Louis Guillaume Valentin



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