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  • Collection: Cathedral of St. John the Divine

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine under construction, showing the eastern great arch and the Chapel of St. Saviour.

In this early photograph (ca. 1925), one can still observe the semi-dome of the apse as originally designed by Heins and La Farge. This semi-dome was later redesigned to harmonize more plainly with the increasingly Gothic style of the cathedral.

A view of the unfinished cathedral, looking up and west from Morningside Park.

One of the two chapels in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine that were designed and built by Heins and La Farge. The other was the Chapel of St. Saviour.

This photograph, included in an April 29, 1911 article on the consecration of the choir and chapels, provides a sense of how the unfinished cathedral was enclosed with temporary walls so that it could be utilized.

This article describes the ceremonies held on April 19, 1911, in which the choir and the two chapels that had so far been built (St. Saviour and St. Columba) were consecrated.

"The architects who have been appointed by the trustees to design the metropolitan cathedral are both young men," comments the unnamed author of the 1891 Churchman article featuring these photographs. "Nor is it any disparagement to say,” theā€¦

Excerpt from one of the articles in which Bishop Henry C. Potter's appeal "To the Citizens of New York" regarding the planned new cathedral was published.

In this article from Architectural Record, an unnamed author compiles, presents, and critiques the recently accepted plans for the cathedral.

Excerpt from a statement of the conditions for architects competing for the commission to design and build the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
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