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Cathedral of St. Mary and Cathedral Square

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1898, Edward Payson Bassford and Company with Hancock Brothers, supervising architects. 600 N. Broadway
  • (Photograph by Steve C. Martens)

Fargo’s Bishop John Shanley selected the site for this red brick Gothic Revival cathedral. The block, which includes the cathedral, a rectory, and the former St. Mary’s elementary school (CS16.1), is suggestive of a medieval close, forming a grand setting for what might otherwise be an architecturally less distinguished building. Recent remodeling of the church has simplified the interior and enhanced appreciation of the stained glass windows.

Writing Credits

Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay


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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "Cathedral of St. Mary and Cathedral Square", [Fargo, North Dakota], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of North Dakota

Buildings of North Dakota, Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 37-37.

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