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  • Collection: Cathedral of St. John the Divine

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.

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.

One of the many photographs that were published of the consecration and preceding events.

The interior facing east, as envisioned by Ralph Adams Cram in his 1913 sequence of published plates "Design Proposed for the Completion of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York."

A revised ground plan, as envisioned by Ralph Adams Cram in his 1913 sequence of published plates "Design Proposed for the Completion of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York."

The nave as envisioned by Ralph Adams Cram in his 1913 sequence of published plates "Design Proposed for the Completion of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York."

This ground plan was published as part of Heins and La Farge's "Competitive Design." Note the relatively modest length of the nave in proportion to other parts of the cathedral.

This longitudinal section exemplifies the contrast that Heins and La Farge envisioned between the cathedral's interior (with its Byzantine-style domes) and its exterior (with its angular Gothic spires). Round arches were to be employed throughout.

"of the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in the City and Diocese of New-York." Includes Processional Psalms, Retrocessional Hymn, and prayers said by the Bishop and the people. The lesson is 1 John 4:7-16. Access the document in Internet…

In this article, Heins and La Farge enumerate and explain the seven essential features of their design, "almost everything else being a matter of detail subject to reconsideration." This was the last in a series of four articles, each of which…
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