Take Me to the Cathedral
After the purchase of the property in 1887, over 60 prominent architectural firms were invited to participate in a design competition for the new building. The New York firm of Heins and LaFarge, selected in 1891, presented an eclectic Romanesque design and construction began one year later. The initial building phase, which took nearly 10 years, completed the eastern portion of the building up to the dome and transept crossing.
In 1907 a new architect, Ralph Adams Cram was appointed to the project. Cram’s Gothic design seen on the nave and west façade took nearly 20 years to complete with the first services held December 6, 1941. Construction on the Cathedral ended until the 1970’s when a stonemasonry training program was created and a production facility constructed on the north site along 113th Street where Enclave stands today. Over the next 20 years “student craftsmen” added 50 feet of newly carved stonework to the Cathedral’s south tower. The Cathedral has since seen no further new construction, and now focuses on preserving and maintaining the existing structure. At present, the North Transept is being stabilized and covered with a roof structure to ready it for the next generation of restoration.