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Cathedral of the Holy Spirit
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Cathedral of the Holy Spirit (Bismarck, North Dakota) is located in North Dakota
Cathedral of the Holy Spirit (Bismarck, North Dakota)
Location in North Dakota
Cathedral of the Holy Spirit (Bismarck, North Dakota) is located in the United States
Cathedral of the Holy Spirit (Bismarck, North Dakota)
Location in the United States
46°48′38″N 100°47′47″W / 46.8105°N 100.7965°W / 46.8105; -100.7965
Location 519 Raymond Street
Bismarck, North Dakota
Country United States
Denomination Roman Catholic Church
History
Status Cathedral/Parish church
Founded 1945
Dedication August 30, 1945
Architecture
Architect(s) William F. Kurke
Style Art Deco
Groundbreaking September, 1941
Completed 1945
Specifications
Number of spires One
Materials Concrete
Administration
Diocese Bismarck
Clergy
Bishop(s) Most Rev. David Kagan
Rector Fr. Joshua Ehli
U.S. Historic district
Contributing property
Part of Bismarck Cathedral Area Historic District (ID80002908)
Added to NRHP May 8, 1980

The Cathedral of the Holy Spirit is a cathedral and parish church of the Catholic Church located in Bismarck, North Dakota, United States. It is the seat of the Diocese of Bismarck. Since 1980 the cathedral and the nearby Bishop's Residence have been contributing properties in the Bismarck Cathedral Area Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.

History

The cathedral was the dream of the first bishop of Bismarck, Vincent Wehrle, O.S.B., who had a special devotion to the Holy Spirit and wanted the church to also serve as a shrine to the Holy Spirit. He brought the property in 1917 and hired Milwaukee architect Anton Dohman in 1921 to design the cathedral. He provided two different designs, the first was similar to the church at Assumption Abbey in Richardton, North Dakota. The Great Depression prevented the construction of the cathedral until 1941.

Bismarck's second bishop, Vincent Ryan, hired Fargo architect William F. Kurke, who had helped design the North Dakota Capitol building, to design the new cathedral. His design was similar to Dohman's second design. The groundbreaking for the Art Deco style building was begun in September 1941. The building is composed of monolithic concrete, and is believed to be the only Art Deco-style cathedral in the United States. The church opened in August 1945, but its interior decoration and some of its furnishings were added in later years. A renovation from 1992 to 1993 added a gathering space, which reflects the cathedral's Art Deco style. The cathedral's tall bell tower is a local landmark that is visible from a distance.

Attendant buildings

In addition to the cathedral, Kurke also designed the nearby Bishop's Residence. The two-story, concrete, Art Deco structure was built at the same time as the cathedral. The grade school was completed in 1951. The two-story building features a flat roof, precast concrete panels, and two horizontal window bands that run about two-thirds of the width of the facade. A school building between the cathedral and the residence was originally part of Kurke's plan, but the long and low building features a more contemporary style that differs from the original plans. The two-story brick convent was completed in 1965, and the two-story rectory in 1969. The rectory's exterior is composed of brick on the first floor and vertical siding on the second floor. The convent now houses the Center for Pastoral Ministry of the Diocese of Bismarck.

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