Details for Immaculate Conception Cathedral (Atlas Number 5061002617)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5061002617


Marker Number 2617
Atlas Number 5061002617
Marker Title Immaculate Conception Cathedral
Index Entry Immaculate Conception Cathedral
Address 1218 E. Jefferson St.
City Brownsville
County Cameron
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 650774
UTM Northing 2865745
Subject Codes eccesiastical buildings; churches; Roman Catholic denomination; Gothic Revial (Architectural style)
Marker Year 1962
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location 1218 East Jefferson Street, Brownsville
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text Mass was first celebrated in this area in 1849 by the oblates of Mary Immaculate. This church building was completed ten years later. Father Peter Yves Keralum designed the structure, which features Gothic Revival styling. The rectory was the site of the first Texas oblate seminary and served as a haven for priests fleeing revolutions in Mexico. Immaculate Concepcion first became a Cathedral in 1874 when bishop Dominic Manucy lived here. The designation was not granted again until 1965, when Brownsville was named the seat of the newly formed diocese.