Leon Sullivan Way and Virginia Street
Great arches, expansive walls, and a monumental tower are features of the church whose cornerstone was laid by Bishop Donahue of Wheeling in late July, 1895. Romanesque-style sconces with bronze finish as well as translucent glass were installed in 1950; also around that time the red Verona and Belgian Rouge marble was placed around the sanctuary walls. The walls of the nave and vestibule feature Fleuri Travernelle marble.
The church’s bell tower rises more than 120 feet above you if you’re standing on Leon Sullivan Way. The large bell weighs 2,060 pounds; the middle one 1500 pounds; and the smallest, 700 pounds. The bells are rung three times a day, as they have been since June of 1901. Also above the Cathedral entrance on Leon Sullivan Way you will see a statue, cast in bronze, of the Sacred Heart, which has stood there since 1897.