Christ Church Cathedral

Also known as: Christ Church
131 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, Indiana

Gothic Cathedral, cruciform in plan, with the sanctuary in the east end


Overview Looking Northeast

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in September 2016



Street View 


"The present church cornerstone was laid on the site of the prior church on June 24, 1857 and occupied for services October 24, 1858. William Tinsley was the architect, and the style is Gothic Cathedral, cruciform in plan, with the sanctuary in the east end. The main facade faces west and that, as well as both transept ends have three tall, narrow, lance-like windows. In each of the three gables above, three windows are a bullseye with the trefoil cusping. The tower on the southwest corner is capped by a graceful octagonal spire, (not added for ten years). The exterior is of rough limestone with more finished buttresses and coins. The nave is of exquisite proportions and well lighted by tall, Gothic windows. The peaked roof is supported by gracefully interlaced curved trusses supported on the lower ends on stone corbels and tied together by sturdy beams. The ceiling was originally painted light blue. There was no middle aisle and central pews entered from the sides. Above the altar were two panels with words taken from 'Sanctus.'"

Adapted from the National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination Form prepared for the National Park Service. Document prepared by Jerry M. Burton, Attorney At Law, May 17, 1973. A link to the document is listed below in the "Sources" category.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 10, 1973
Reference number
Area of significance
Levels of significance
State; Local
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Religious structure
Current function
Religious structure
Period of significance
Significant year

Update Log 

  • November 28, 2016: New photo from Michael Miller
  • September 15, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos
  • December 26, 2013: Updated by Brent Tindall: Adjusted GPS coordinates

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