Cathedral of the Madeleine (Salt Lake City, Utah)

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Cathedral of the Madeleine
Cathedral of the Madeleine, SLC.jpg
Cathedral of the Madeleine as seen from the front
Cathedral of the Madeleine (Salt Lake City, Utah) is located in Utah
Cathedral of the Madeleine (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Cathedral of the Madeleine (Salt Lake City, Utah) is located in the US
Cathedral of the Madeleine (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Location 331 E South Temple St, Salt Lake City, Utah
Coordinates 40°46′11″N 111°52′54″W / 40.76972°N 111.88167°W / 40.76972; -111.88167Coordinates: 40°46′11″N 111°52′54″W / 40.76972°N 111.88167°W / 40.76972; -111.88167
Area 1.2 acres (0.49 ha)
Built 1900
Architect Carl M. Neuhausen and Bernard O. Mecklenburg
Architectural style Neo-Romanesque (outside) and Neo-Gothic (inside)
NRHP reference # 71000845
Added to NRHP March 11, 1971[1]

The Cathedral of the Madeleine is a Roman Catholic church in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. It was completed in 1909 and currently serves as the cathedral, or mother church, of the Diocese of Salt Lake City. It is the only cathedral in the U.S. under the patronage of St. Mary Magdalene.

The cathedral was built under the direction of Lawrence Scanlan, the first bishop of Salt Lake who dedicated it to St. Mary Magdaline.[2] It was designed by architects Carl M. Neuhausen and Bernard O. Mecklenburg. The exterior is predominantly a Neo-Romanesque design, while the inside displays more Neo-Gothic details. Construction began in 1900 and was completed in 1909. It was dedicated by Cardinal James Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore.

The interior of the cathedral was created under the direction of Joseph S. Glass, the second bishop of Salt Lake. Bishop Glass enlisted John Theodore Comes, one of the preeminent architects in the country, to decorate the interior of the cathedral. His plans for the interior werelargely based upon the Spanish Gothic style. The colorful murals and polychrome were added at this time, as were the ornate shrines. In 1916, Bishop Glass also changed the name of the name of the cathedral to the French spelling after visiting her purported tomb.<ref=slt/>

In the 1970s, the exterior of the building was restored, and between 1991 and 1993, the interior of the Cathedral was renovated and restored under Bishop William K. Weigand. This included not only the removal of dust and dirt and restoration of the interior but also changes to the liturgical elements of the cathedral to bring them into conformity with certain widespread changes in liturgical practice that developed after the Second Vatican Council.

This included constructing a new altar, moving the cathedra, creating a separate chapel for the Blessed Sacrament, and adding a more ample baptismal font. The Blesed Sacrament Chapel also contains the tomb of Bishop Scanlan.[3] Resting atop the tomb is a case containing a small relic of Saint Mary Madeline. The cathedral in Salt Lake City and the Basilica of Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume in France are the only cathedrals in the world holding first-class relics of the saint and are named in her honor.[4] The major restoration of the interior of the cathedral was accomplished through the vision of Monsignor M. Francis Mannion.[5]

After publication of Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code in 2003 and subsequent release of the movie in 2006, the number of visitors to the reliquary of Saint Mary Magdelene increased significantly.[citation needed]

The Cathedral is home to the only co-educational Catholic Choir School in the United States. The Madeleine Choir School, established in 1996, now serves over 350 students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade Eight.[6]

Composer Amédée Tremblay notably served as the church's organist from 1920 to 1925.[7]


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  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Moulton, Kristen (August 7, 2009). "Cathedral of the Madeleine anniversary: Cathedral's name is a one and only". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved August 17, 2018. 
  3. ^ Mooney, Bernice (December 1, 1994). "Scanlan, Lawrence". Utah History Encyclopedia. ISBN 978-0874804256. Retrieved August 17, 2018. 
  4. ^ Vallejo, Laura (October 2, 2015). "Relic at Cathedral". Intermountain Catholic. Retrieved July 8, 2018. 
  5. ^ Mischel, Marie. "Msgr. Mannion receives Legacy of Service award on 25th anniversary of cathedral's rededication". Intermountain Catholic. Retrieved August 18, 2018. 
  6. ^ "The Madeleine Choir School". Retrieved 2018-03-24. 
  7. ^ Potvin, Gilles. "Amédée Tremblay". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Archived from the original on 20 December 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 

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