Cataldo Mission

Posted by
Don (Spokane, United States) on 8 April 2010 in Architecture.

Cataldo Mission also known as Mission of the Sacred Heart is the oldest standing building in Idaho and a National Historic Landmark. It contains the church itself, the parish house, and the surrounding property.

In the early 19th century, the Coeur d'Alene Indians had heard of these powerful "medicine men" in black robes with a book and wanted some of these men for their own tribe. They sent men east to St. Louis, and in 1842 Fr. Nicholas Point and Br. Charles Duet came and helped to pick a mission location. In 1850, the church was taken over by Antonio Ravalli, who made sure that the building was constructed by the Indians themselves, so that they could feel part of the church. It was built using the wattle and daub method (see Wikipedia), and was finished some three years later, without using a single nail. In time, the mission became an important stop for traders, settlers, and miners taking on the role as a hospitality and supply station. It was also a working port for boats heading up the Coeur d'Alene River which runs behind the mission.

Luke Wiley from Spokane Washington, United States

What a cool history! We should go back on a sunny day!

8 Apr 2010 5:59am

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Beautiful architecture. the brief intro made it more interesting too

8 Apr 2010 6:45am

petitlouis from Liège, Belgium

Une fort belle architecture !
Mertci pour le commentaire historique intéressant.

8 Apr 2010 7:16am

Saeed Rasoulof from Tehran, Iran

nice shot , nice building :)

8 Apr 2010 7:41am

Sidney from Manila, Philippines

That is a nice building...well maintained... very interesting story !

8 Apr 2010 8:27am

tataray from St Laurs, France

Très agréable ... Cool.

8 Apr 2010 9:25am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Beautifully framed and what a contrast between the façade and the building behind it. Good documentary background as usual too.

8 Apr 2010 9:54am

Earl from Salisbury, NC, United States

Don, Beautiful building and fascinating history behind it.

8 Apr 2010 10:59am

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Such a beautiful old church, well captured and thanks for the information on it

8 Apr 2010 1:51pm

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good afternoon Don,
it is a beautiful, clean and interesting looking church. I think the simple architecture and interior design served its purpose. Their explanatory words, to design and development of the Church, is very interesting and informative. The color reproduction is clear and brilliant. Today the weather is cloudy and it falls a little light drizzle. The outside temperature is still pleasant. Have a nice day and all the best. Dear greetings Christel

8 Apr 2010 2:51pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Excellent! I love the architecture.

8 Apr 2010 3:01pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Such a beautiful piece of architecture. Unlike anything I've ever seen.

8 Apr 2010 3:32pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is a very unchurch-like church.

8 Apr 2010 3:42pm

foto-rolero54 from Belgium

Interesting looking church. damage for this white sky, nice shot!

8 Apr 2010 4:19pm

Don from United States

Beautiful, when I see these buildings I start to wonder what they would cost today to build.

8 Apr 2010 4:25pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Beautiful, elegant , clear composition .

8 Apr 2010 4:41pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Beautiful church and interesting history. Well done.

8 Apr 2010 5:09pm

Harry from United States

This is a stately looking old building. I like the angle you shot at. The crisp detail in the foreground jumps out against the almost misty looking sky.

8 Apr 2010 5:48pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Very nice capture of a truly historic place.

8 Apr 2010 7:42pm

Photo Cache from Bay Area, United States

It looks pretty well preserved. The architecture is very lovely.

8 Apr 2010 8:18pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

An excellent photo and nice history. Thanks, Don.

8 Apr 2010 9:45pm

Otto K. from Atlanta, United States

fine looking building. like the design around the round window (?).

8 Apr 2010 10:09pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Interesting...my attentions in Idaho have always been trouts. best...jerry

8 Apr 2010 11:29pm

Martin from North Platte, United States

really nice pure colors and wxposure, details, something I want to strive for in the future...

9 Apr 2010 12:08am

Sandy Weston from United States

I love the architecture! Superb capture!

9 Apr 2010 1:20am

rian from mobile, United States

i like that bit of information you included with this post.. very nice shot and interesting read.. :)

9 Apr 2010 2:08am

martie from Mojove Desert, United States

Don - thanks for the info, and I have fallen in love with this building! It is so different than what I've seen before. It's just beautiful!

9 Apr 2010 2:38am

Candace from Phoenix, AZ, United States

That's beautiful, doesn't look like other missions I've seen. It looks like it must have quite a view from there, too. Very pure look to it.

9 Apr 2010 8:18am

Richard Standley from Carquefou, France

What a beautiful architecture. Thanks for your informative words!

9 Apr 2010 9:11am

Rose from United States

I love the church, but the history makes it even more so.

9 Apr 2010 9:45pm

Andy from United States

Wow what a cool story behind this! Really enjoyed reading it. Beautiful photo and church!

9 Apr 2010 11:07pm

john from United Kingdom

Interesting story and a really nice building. It seems to radiate authority and real presence.

16 Apr 2010 10:49pm