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St. Francis de Sales Church, 2100 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Oakland, Alameda County, CA



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Francis De Sales Cathedral, Looking North Along Martin Luther King Jr

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Cecelia Musicians'" Window

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Francis De Sales Chapel

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Francis De Sales Chapel, Showing Ceramic Collage

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Location
Jr. Way, Oakland, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CA-2345
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N271).
Significance: St. Francis de Sales Church is a characteristic example of a large brick urban Catholic Church of the late 19th century. It is Gothic Revival in style, has a cruciform plan, and a plaster ceiling of generally uniform height for good acoustics. With its bell tower and spire, it was one of the tallest buildings in Oakland when completed in 1893, and an important visual landmark for both its size and its siting. Built with money donated by Mary Canning, an Irish immigrant who made a fortune in real estate, and designed by Charles J.I. Devlin, a first generation Irish architect, for a largely Irish congregation, the building represented the growing prominence of the Irish and of Roman Catholics at a time of strong anti-Irish and anti-Catholic feeling. In 1962, St. Francis de Sales was designated as the cathedral for the newly formed Diocese of Oakland, and it was substantially remodeled in 1966-1967 in the spirit of new attitudes toward art, architecture, and liturgy following the Second Vatican Council. It was the first cathedral in the United States to be so modified, and became well-known both for its architectural modernization and for its modern liturgy and music.

Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
DISTANT VIEW OF ST. FRANCIS DE SALES CATHEDRAL, LOOKING NORTH ALONG MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. WAY FROM 14TH STREET
ROOFTOP VIEW TO SOUTH, SHOWING PLAZA, NORTH AND WEST ELEVATIONS, AND OAKLAND SKYLINE
WEST FRONT
SOUTH ELEVATION
SOUTH TRANSEPT DETAIL
SOUTH AND EAST ELEVATIONS OF TOWER
SOUTH AND EAST ELEVATIONS, TRANSEPT AND APSE
VIEW ALONG 21ST STREET, SHOWING RECTORY IN RELATION TO CATHEDRAL
UPPER EAST ELEVATION FROM ROOF OF RECTORY, LOOKING NORTHWEST
UPPER EAST ELEVATION FROM ROOF OF RECTORY, LOOKING SOUTHWEST
PARTIAL LOWER EAST ELEVATION AND RECTORY GARDEN
NORTH ENTRANCE AT TRANSEPT
LOOKING EAST TO ALTAR AND SANCTUARY FROM WEST GALLERY
LOOKING WEST TO GALLERY ABOVE NARTHEX, ORIGINAL ODELL PIPE ORGAN, AND "STE. CECELIA MUSICIANS'" WINDOW
WIDE ANGLE VIEW OF CEILING VAULT AT CROSSING OF TRANSEPTS AND NAVE
NORTH TRANSEPT, SCHOENSTEIN PIPE ORGAN, AND "NATIVITY" WINDOW
SOUTH TRANSEPT, CONFESSIONAL, AND "LAST SUPPER" WINDOW
ALTAR AND BISHOP'S THRONE
LOOKING NORTH ACROSS ALTAR TO ST. FRANCIS DE SALES CHAPEL
LOOKING EAST ALONG SOUTH AISLE TO CHAPEL OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
LOOKING EAST ALONG NORTH AISLE TO ST. FRANCIS DE SALES CHAPEL, SHOWING CERAMIC COLLAGE
VIEW TO NORTHWEST ACROSS NAVE, TO NARTHEX
LOOKING WEST ALONG SOUTH AISLE, SHOWING CONFESSIONAL AND SOUTH TRANSEPT ENTRANCE
WOODWORK AT ENTRANCE FROM NARTHEX, STAINED GLASS, AND CONFESSIONAL IN SOUTHWEST CORNER OF NAVE
COLUMN, VAULTING, AND PLASTERWORK DETAIL AT SOUTH TRANSEPT ABOVE SOUTH AISLE
SCHOENSTEIN PIPE ORGAN AND CONSOLE
CONFESSIONAL IN NORTHWEST CORNER OF NAVE, ALSO SHOWING ONE OF THE CERAMIC STATIONS OF THE CROSS
OVERVIEW OF NARTHEX AND FONT, LOOKING TOWARD ORIGINAL BAPTISTRY, THE PRESENT RECONCILIATION ROOM
CEILING DETAIL IN RECONCILIATION ROOM, SHOWING PLASTER TRACERY AND GOLD LEAF TROMPE L'OEIL PANELS
VIEW TO SOUTH ACROSS WEST GALLERY, SHOWING ORIGINAL ODELL PIPE ORGAN
TOWER STAIRCASE AND NEWEL POST AT GALLERY LEVEL


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