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Cathedral of the Sacred Heart

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1961, Henry Steinbomer, with Chakos and Zentner. 20 E. Beauregard Ave.

Immaculate Conception, San Angelo’s first Catholic parish, occupied an adobe church built in 1884 on land donated in 1874 by town developer Bart DeWitt. It served a Mexican, English, Irish, and German congregation. In 1906 a new red brick church, dedicated to the Sacred Heart, was designed by Oscar Ruffini. Sacred Heart’s modernist replacement in rose brick combines a slender bell tower with a Nordic contemporary nave with a low-pitched gabled roof. San Antonio–based Steinbomer’s modernist buildings, beginning with the 1949 First Presbyterian Church in Raymondville and the First Presbyterian Church (MT8) in Midland, expressed religious heritage in new forms. Publio Cavallini of Cavallini Tile Importers of San Antonio executed the Tree of Life tile mosaic on the church’s facade. When the Diocese of San Angelo was formed by Pope John XXIII in 1964, Sacred Heart was designated the cathedral.

Opposite Sacred Heart at 37 E. Beauregard is the buff brick Gothic Revival First United Methodist Church (1946, Mark Lemmon). And to the rear of Sacred Heart is the First Baptist Church (1928, R. H. Hunt and Co; 37 E. Harris Ave.), a blunt Romanesque Revival design faced with buff brick.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Cathedral of the Sacred Heart", [San Angelo, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019, 409-409.

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