Gonzaga University in Spokane Washington sits on the bank of the Spokane River just north of the downtown area. Gonzaga University was started by the Jesuits in 1887 on a 320 acre of land purchased in 1881 for $936 by Fr. Joseph Cataldo. "It was named Gonzaga College after Italian Aloysius Gonzaga, the patron saint of youth." (Link 2) When the building was completed it was the largest building in Spokane except for the County Courthouse. The tuition and board for the 20 students at that time was $250 for the ten month term. A second building was added in 1892. Today 5,000 students attend Gonzaga University. "The campus now includes 94 buildings on 131 acres...Gonzaga employs over 1,200 people " (Link 2) making it one of the major employers in Spokane. The university is not only known for its academic excellence, but for its basketball team, the Bulldogs, affectionately called the Zaggs, and for one of its alumni, Bing Crosby. Bing Crosby grew up in the area and at age 13 served as an altar boy at the campus church, St. Aloysius.
St. Aloysius Catholic Church is at 330 Boone Ave. and is the eastern anchor of Gonzaga University. A framed church was originally built in 1881. It could accommodate a congregation of a few hundred people. The church and the University recreation hall were moved in 1899. And in 1911 a new St. Aloysius Church designed by Preusse and Little of Spokane was dedicated. This church seats 1100 people. It is190 feet long, 110 feet wide, and 124 feet high.
"The bell in the east spire was constructed by the Meneely Bell Company of Troy, New York. It was dedicated on Christmas Day, 1913 and it is named Catherine." (See Reference.)
Link 1: http://www.stalschurch.org/aboutus/index.htm
Link 2: http://www.gonzaga.edu/Academics/Libraries/Foley-Library/Departments/Special-Collections
Link 3: http://www.gonzaga.edu/Academics/Libraries/Foley-Library/Departments/Special-Collections/Collections/Bing-Crosby-Collection/CrosbyandGonzaga.asp
Reference: Pamphlet, Welcome to St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church.