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Cathedral of Saint Paul (Worcester, Massachusetts) is located in Massachusetts
Cathedral of Saint Paul (Worcester, Massachusetts)
Location in Massachusetts
42°15′42″N 71°48′15″W / 42.2616°N 71.8043°W / 42.2616; -71.8043
Location 38 Chatham St.
Worcester, Massachusetts
Country United States
Denomination Roman Catholic Church
Founded 1869
Architect(s) E. Boyden & Son
Style Gothic Revival
Completed 1874
Length 168 feet (51 m)
Width 91 feet (28 m)
Height 96 feet (29 m)
Number of floors 2
Spire height 145 feet (44 m)
Materials Granite, wood
Diocese Diocese of Worcester

The Cathedral of Saint Paul — informally known as Saint Paul's Cathedral — is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester. It is located at 38 Chatham Street in downtown Worcester, Massachusetts. Built between 1868 and 1889, it is one of the city's finest examples of Victorian Gothic architecture, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.


The Cathedral of Saint Paul stands in downtown Worcester, facing north on the south side of Chatham Street at High Street, one block west of Main Street. It is a large stone cruciform structure, built out rock-faced granite blocks. The main facade consists of a tall square tower on the right, the gabled end of the nave at the center, and a smaller square tower topped by a round turret on the left. There are entrances in the base of the large tower, and in projecting Gothic-arched sections in front of the nave. The main roof is steeply pitched, with a cross at the front gable end, and tall Gothic windows in the gables at the nave and transepts.


The parish of Saint Paul was founded in 1866 by John Power, the rector of Saint Anne's Parish. The church was designed by architects E. Boyden & Son, and construction began in the spring of 1868. The first services were held in the basement in 1869. The superstructure, excluding the main tower, was completed by 1874, at which time the church was dedicated. The building is 168 feet (51 m) in length, 91 feet (28 m) in width, and 96 feet (29 m) in height. When the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester was established, it was elevated to the cathedral church by Bishop John J. Wright on March 7, 1950.

A statue of St. Francis of Assisi occupies the small courtyard on the side of the church. During the Christmas season, the church also displays its Nativity here.


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