Architecture on a Grand Scale
Saint Cecilia's Cathedral has the outside dimensions of two hundred fifty-five feet in length, one hundred fifty-eight feet in width, and, at the extreme height of towers, two hundred twenty-two feet. The walls are of solid masonry throughout, with the exterior in off-white Bedford limestone of Indiana. The roof of Spanish tiles is supported on steel. No less than a hundred tons of steel was used to support the roof and floor. In the foundation are over a million pounds of concrete. Over three million bricks were used in the structure itself. The construction is absolutely fireproof.