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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.
ConstructionThe 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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  • This was a hidden gem, especially if you love beautiful architecture. Check it out if you are in Helena! 
    This was a hidden gem, especially if you love beautiful architecture. Check it out if you are in Helena!  more »
  • This is a beautiful Cathedral with the most amazing stained glass. It is exceptionally beautiful. The feeling of calm and welcome is wonderful. 
    This is a beautiful Cathedral with the most amazing stained glass. It is exceptionally beautiful. The feeling of calm and welcome is wonderful.  more »
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  • Such a spiritual place with incredible craftsmanship. So happy we stopped for a visit. Would love to go to a service there.
  • Look I was not expecting to have a spiritual experience today. I came to town to visit the place that my family came from. But I didn't really have any idea what I was going to do when I got here. I saw this cathedral from a ways away and decided to check it out. As I got out of the car the bells in the tower began to chime. I claimed the steps hesitantly not wanting to interrupt anyone praying, but the room was empty. I stood in awe of the sight of this place. It took my words. My daughter had questions which I did my best to answer and when it came to the lit prayer candles. She wanted to do one. So together we lit one for our family which is no longer with us. And... It just hit me really deep. This place is a whole different thing, and it's beautiful

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