Holy Family Cathedral (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
Holy Family Cathedral, Rectory, and School
|Location||W. 8th St. & S. Boulder Ave.
|Architectural style||Gothic Revival
|NRHP Reference #||82003704|
|Added to NRHP||February 11, 1982|
Cathedral of the Holy Family is a cathedral of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. It is the mother church of the Diocese of Tulsa and is the seat of the prelate bishop. It is located at 810 South Boulder Avenue in the city of Tulsa in the state of Oklahoma. The parish chose architect J.P. Curtin of the Tulsa firm Curtin, Winkler, and Macdonald to design the church. Curtin whas chosen over architect William P. Ginther of Akron Ohio, who built many Roman Catholic churches throughout the midwest. Ginther designed an alternate plan for the church trustees who had concerns about Curtin's design. All that remains of Ginther's work is a set of blueprints.
The Diocese of Tulsa was established in 1973.
Holy Family Church
About 1890, Rev. Father W. Ketcham, the Roman Catholic pastor of Muskogee (then part of Indian Territory), visited Tulsa from time to time to say Mass in a private residence. He and his superior, Rt. Rev. Bishop Meerschaert, obtained permission from the Creek Indian tribal chief to build a church. However, no building was constructed until several years later.
Beginning in November 1897, Rev. Charles Van Hulse visited Tulsa (then also part of Indian Territory) once a month to hold Roman Catholic church services in a private residence. At the start of 1899, a subscription drive raised pledges of $1,400 for the purpose of building a church. A contract was let in May, 1899 and the building was dedicated on September 10, 1899.
Rev. Theophilius Van Hulse succeeded his brother in November 1900, and remained in Tulsa until 1906 when he was succeeded by Rev. John G. Heiring, who oversaw plans to expand the church facilities. This included expanding the rectory and the school.
Holy Family Cathedral
By 1910, the church had outgrown its original capacity. Rev. Heiring turned his attention to building a new complex at the intersection of Eighth and Boulder, the present location. Construction of the sanctuary was completed in only two years with construction of the rectory beginning five years later, in 1919.
Holy Family School
The history of Holy Family School is intertwined with that of the church. Tulsa Catholics petitioned the Most Reverend Theophile Meerschaert, Bishop of Indian Territory,to establish a Catholic school in Tulsa. In 1899, Mother, later Saint, Katharine Drexel, an heiress to the Drexel banking family of Philadelphia, responded to the request by providing funds to construct St. Theresa's Institute, the predecessor of Holy Family School. Initially, this was designated to benefit Indian and African American children of the Oklahoma and Indian Territories. Children of all races were admitted beginning in 1910. When the initial loan was repaid ten years later, the school was renamed Holy Family School.
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