Baltimore Cathedral
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Architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe
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Location Baltimore, Maryland   map
Date 1806 or 1814 to 1818   timeline
Building Type large church, cathedral
 Construction System cut stone bearing masonry
Climate temperate
Context urban hill
Style Neoclassical
Notes "St. Mary's Cathedral" in Whiffen and Koeper and others. The "Baltimore Basilica". Domed cross-plan. Roman Catholic.


Discussion Baltimore Cathedral Commentary

Known as "America's first cathedral", designed in part in reference to the slightly earlier U.S. Capitol building.


Portico by John H. B. Latrobe, 1863.

Officially known as the "Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary".

Sources on Baltimore Cathedral

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. circle and square diagram, p185. reduction diagram, p212. — Updated edition available at

Richard Hubbard Howland. The Architecture of Baltimore, a Pictorial History. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1953. exterior photo of facade, plate37, p71.

Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman. Architecture, from Prehistory to Post-Modernism. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1986. interior of altar and main space, plate 704, p444.

Marcus Whiffen and Frederick Koeper. American Architecture, 1860-1976. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1984. ISBN 0262730707. exterior photo, f115, p136. plan drawing, f116, p136.   An excellent survey of American architecture. Available at

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Baltimore Cathedral


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