Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption (Covington, Kentucky)

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Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption
St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington, KY
Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption (Covington, Kentucky) is located in Kentucky
Location:1130 Madison Ave., Covington, Kentucky
Coordinates:39°4′42″N 84°30′29″W / 39.07833°N 84.50806°W / 39.07833; -84.50806Coordinates: 39°4′42″N 84°30′29″W / 39.07833°N 84.50806°W / 39.07833; -84.50806
Area:10 acres (4.0 ha)
Architect:Davis,David
Architectural style:Late Gothic Revival, Other, French Gothic
NRHP Reference#:

73000812

[1]
Added to NRHP:July 20, 1973
 
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Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption
St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington, KY
Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption (Covington, Kentucky) is located in Kentucky
Location:1130 Madison Ave., Covington, Kentucky
Coordinates:39°4′42″N 84°30′29″W / 39.07833°N 84.50806°W / 39.07833; -84.50806Coordinates: 39°4′42″N 84°30′29″W / 39.07833°N 84.50806°W / 39.07833; -84.50806
Area:10 acres (4.0 ha)
Architect:Davis,David
Architectural style:Late Gothic Revival, Other, French Gothic
NRHP Reference#:

73000812

[1]
Added to NRHP:July 20, 1973
St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption interior in 2006.

The Roman Catholic Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington, Kentucky, is a minor basilica in the United States. The cathedral was started by the Diocese of Covington's third bishop, Camillus Paul Maes, in 1894. The cathedral project was terminated in 1915, though it is incomplete, even to this day. The exterior is inspired by the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

The interior was modeled after St. Denis in France. The recent restoration of the Cathedral earned a 2002 Preservation Award from the Cincinnati Preservation Association. For the interior restoration, Conrad Schmitt Studios conducted cleaning of the stone ribs, tracery and walls. Studio artists also provided plaster restoration and select faux stone painting. The cathedral was elevated to the rank of minor basilica by Pope Pius XII on December 8, 1953.

The interior of the cathedral contains murals by Covington native Frank Duveneck. According to the St. Mary Cathedral's website: "The Cathedral's North transept window is the world's largest church stained glass window, measuring 67 ft (20 m) high by 24 ft (7.3 m) wide. It presents the early fifth century Ecumenical Council of Ephesus that proclaimed Mary as the Mother of God."

The cathedral contains two pipe organs. In the south transept gallery stands the pipe organ designed and built specifically for the cathedral by Henry Willis III during his tenure at the Wicks Organ Company of Highland, Illinois in 1933. Originally 3 manual keyboards, a pedal keyboard and 43 ranks of pipes, this instrument was renovated and enlarged in 1982.

In the west gallery, below the rose window, stands a pipe organ originally built for St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Covington, Kentucky, in 1858 by Mathais Schwab of Cincinnati, Ohio. When the St. Joseph building was razed in the late 1960's, the Schwab organ was moved to St Mary's. The Schwab organ was slightly altered to fit the new location, but retains most of its original components, including its mechanical key and stop actions, ivory keyboards and faux-grained casework. It consists of 2 manual keyboards, a pedal keyboard and 20 ranks of pipes.

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