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Cathedral of Saint Paul
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33°31′4.05″N 86°48′16.54″W / 33.5177917°N 86.8045944°W / 33.5177917; -86.8045944
Location 2120 Third Avenue North
Birmingham, Alabama
Country United States
Denomination Roman Catholic Church
Architect(s) Adolphus Druiding
Style Neo-Gothic
Completed 1893
Construction cost $90,000
Number of spires Two
Materials Brick
Diocese Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama
Bishop(s) Steven J. Raica
Rector Very Rev. Bryan W. Jerabek
St. Paul's Catholic Church
Area 1.4 acres (0.57 ha)
NRHP reference No. 82001607
Added to NRHP December 27, 1982

The Cathedral of Saint Paul — informally known as Saint Paul's Cathedral — is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama in Birmingham, Alabama. Designed by Chicago architect Adolphus Druiding, the Victorian Gothic-style brick building was completed as a parish church in 1893. It was elevated to cathedral status with the creation of the Diocese of Birmingham in 1969.

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Cathedral interior

During its days as a parish, its most famous pastor was Father James Coyle. There is the aspiration of relocating his remains from Elmwood Cemetery to the cathedral as the cause for his beatification as a martyr advances.

The contractor that had to be talked into moving to Birmingham to build the project was Lawrence Scully. Just prior to its completion, Lawrence Scully was killed when his horse-drawn carriage was spooked by a passing motor vehicle that honked its horn. The horse reared and flipped the carriage over, killing Lawrence Scully. Lawrence Scully also built one of Birmingham's first public schools, the Powell School.

Two buildings, the church and associated school, were listed on the National Register of Historic Places as St. Paul's Catholic Church in 1982.

The stained glass-windows in the cathedral's aisles are the work of G.C. Riordan & Co. of Cincinnati. They were in place when the church was first used. The large window over the entrance was installed in 1972, replacing an older window that had been damaged in a storm.

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