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Saturday, 26 May 2012 15:44

Saint Francis Basilica Construction - 1873

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Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lamy began construction of the Cathedral around La Parroquia in 1869.  This detail, from a photo by Timothy O'Sullivan in 1873, shows the walls rising at the front and side of the old parish church.  The oldest photo of Cathedral construction I've seen thus far.

Photo by Timothy O'Sullivan

1873

Monday, 14 May 2012 00:21

Saint Francis Basilica Entrance Restoration

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Here's a link to the stonemasons who recently restored the cross and entrance stonework on St. Francis Cathedral.

http://www.kopelovcutstone.com/st_francis_cathedral_gallery.htm

This photograph illustrates how the Cathedral was built around La Parroquia.  I'm looking for the photographer and date, so if anyone can help, please post.  I would estimate the date to be the late 1870s - early 1880s.

Photographer and date unknown.

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