"I never weary of great churches. It is my favorite kind of mountain scenery. Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral."
-Robert Louis Stevenson
The construction of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception began in 1866, under the direction of noted New York architect, Patrick C. Keeley. The walls were almost up, when the July 4, 1866 'great fire' took them to the ground. Work on the structure began again in 1868 and was dedicated on September 8, 1869. The Cathedral has three distinctive steeples, the highest of which soars 204' high and is the tallest structure in Portland, overlooking Portland Harbor and Casco Bay. I love this view of it, against this gray, palette sky, up the Franklin Street Arterial's gently sloping rise.