Thursday, March 31, 2011

101. St. Peter in Chains Cathedral

St. Peter in Chains is part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Architect Henry Walter designed the church and Bishop turned Archbishop John Baptist Purcell laid the cornerstone in 1841. In 1845, construction was finished and the church opened the same year.

This Greek Revival building has many features. It was built out of white limestone and the spire towers 220 feet above the street, which made the church the tallest structure in the city for many years. There are Corinthian columns inside and out and large bronze doors. The interior is lined with granite and mosaic art.

In 1938 the church was abandoned when the congregation moved to St. Monica Church but in 1950 renovation of the church began and it reopened in 1957. Today the church holds mass as well as weddings and concerts.

St. Peter in Chains Cathedral
325 West Eighth Street, Downtown