Seattle's first Roman Catholic Church is built in 1869.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 11/04/1998
  • Essay 176
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In 1869, Seattle's first Roman Catholic Church is built. It is called Our Lady of Good Help and guided by Fr. Francis Xavier Prefontaine (1838-1908) until its demolition in 1904. It is the third church in the village.

Fr. Louis Rossi purchased property for the church on the corner of 3rd Avenue S and S Washington Street during a brief visit to Seattle in 1858. Fr. Prefontaine arrived in 1867 and completed the church two years later. It was enlarged several times, and torn down in 1904.


Fr. Wilfred P. Schoenberg, SJ, A History of the Catholic Church in the Pacific Northwest (Washington, D.C.: The Pastoral Press, 1987); J. Willis Sayre, This City of Ours (Seattle: Seattle School District No. 1, 1936), 60.

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