Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral
From Collingwood Boulevard, Islington Street, or Parkwood Avenue, one catches the beauty of the seam-faced Massachusetts granite and Indiana limestone exterior of Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral. A massive 285 feet long by 215 feet wide, the towering building is a merry sight of vane-colored stone in its thick walls and pinnacled buttresses, topped with a tile roof of bold oranges, purple-blues, greens, and more.
The facade brings together all manner of stonework leading the eye to the innermost portion of its arched recesses where stands the title statue of Our Lady en-throned beneath a crest-like canopy. Carved of a single block of Indiana limestone, the over six-feet-tall sculpture is surmounted by a crown of roses with an almost-hidden halo of mosaic gold.
The same facade is a study of artistic detail with its statuary, delicate stone traceries, shields, arches, spires, and magnificent twin towers bearing their namesakes Peter and Paul respectively. Above the porch is the stonework of the enormous rose window, above that the diocesan coat of arms, and the surmounting cross. The Cathedral bells, housed in both towers were cast at Croyden in England and are a poignant presence in the Old West End, notifying all of the joy and grief of God’s people.
There are two side front entrances which possess their own array of statuary, symbolism, and proud turrets. Saints and Church figures, the South.