Cathedral of Saint Paul (Birmingham, Alabama)

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Cathedral of Saint Paul
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33°31′4.05″N 86°48′16.54″W / 33.5177917°N 86.8045944°W / 33.5177917; -86.8045944Coordinates: 33°31′4.05″N 86°48′16.54″W / 33.5177917°N 86.8045944°W / 33.5177917; -86.8045944
Location 2120 Third Avenue North
Birmingham, Alabama
Country United States
Denomination Roman Catholic Church
Architect(s) Adolphus Druiding
Style Neo-Gothic
Completed 1893
Construction cost $90,000[1]
Number of spires Two
Materials Brick
Diocese Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama
Bishop(s) Most Rev. Robert J. Baker
Rector Very Rev. Bryan W. Jerabek
St. Paul's Catholic Church
Area 1.4 acres (0.57 ha)
NRHP Reference # 82001607[2]
Added to NRHP December 27, 1982

The Cathedral of Saint Paul — informally known as Saint Paul's Cathedral — is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama in Birmingham, Alabama. Designed by Chicago architect Adolphus Druiding, the Victorian Gothic-style brick building was completed as a parish church in 1893.[3] It was elevated to Cathedral status with the creation of the Diocese of Birmingham in 1969.

Father James Coyle's remains will be relocated from Elmwood Cemetery to this church where he was its priest.

Druiding of Chicago was the Architect Firm. The contractor that had to be talked into moving to Birmingham to build the project was Lawrence Scully. Just prior to its completion, Lawrence Scully was killed when his horse-drawn carriage was spooked by a passing motor vehicle that honked its horn. The horse reared and flipped the carriage over, killing Lawrence Scully. Lawrence Scully also built one of Birmingham's first public schools, the Powell School.

Two buildings, the church and associated school, were listed on the National Register of Historic Places as St. Paul's Catholic Church in 1982.[2]


  1. ^ "History". The Cathedral of Saint Paul. Roman Catholic Diocese of Birmingham. Retrieved 2007-12-02. 
  2. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ Schnorrenberg, John M. (2000) Aspiration: Birmingham's Historic House of Worship. Birmingham: Birmingham Historical Society ISBN 0943994268

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