Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Sacred Heart Cathedral is one of the more striking buildings in Dodge City. Built in 1916, it was designed by Ralph Adams Cram (of Cram and Ferguson, one of the leading architecture firms at the time) in the Mission Revival style, resembling the architecture of the missions that the Spanish established throughout the Southwest. The interior features murals painted by artist George Melville Stone depicting the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, the Good Samaritan, the Good Sheppard, and the Angles at the Tomb. All of the murals include southwestern desert motifs, flora, and Native American figures. The church is now used as part of the Sacred Heart School; the parish merged with Our Lady of Guadalupe in 2001 to form the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe.


  • Sacred Heart Cathedral was built in 1916 and is an excellent example of Mission Revival architecture.
    Sacred Heart Cathedral was built in 1916 and is an excellent example of Mission Revival architecture.

Sacred Heart Parish was established in 1883. The first Catholic church building, a simple wood-frame structure, was built a year earlier. Eventually, the growth of the city necessitated a larger Catholic church. Many people, including non-Catholics, came to its dedication. In 1951, the diocese of Dodge City was established and Sacred Heart was declared a cathedral.

"About Us." Sacred Heart Cathedral Catholic School. Accessed November 6, 2017.  http://dodgecitycathedral.com/school/about-us.

Small, Nora Pat. "Sacred Heart Cathedral." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. February 10, 1983.  https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/f0fd22dc-5a05-4e1b-9b70-44615fbea420.

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