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141 Cathedral of St.John the Divine, NY
 

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141 Cathedral of St.John the Divine, NY


The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York is the largest cathedral in the world located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on West 110th Street. The idea for this cathedral was framed in 1828 but it was not until 1872 when Rev Horatio Potter proposed the idea and in 1873 the New York government granted a charter for the building. A contest for the design of the cathedral was won by George Heins and Christopher Grant LaFarge who came up with a Romanesque-Byzantine design.  In 1892 the cornerstone of the Cathedral was laid down but the building soon experienced many problems. With the help of J.P Morgan who donated 500,000 dollars, construction was able to continue. Shortly after Heins death in 1911, a new architect Ralph Adams Cram with a background in Gothic Architecture was chosen to continue the project.  With the First World War and Great Depression more problems arose but in 1941 the unfinished cathedral was opened. Again with the start of the Second World War construct halted again and it was not until 1972 that construction resumed and still does to this present day. In Ragtime, J.P Morgan explains that he wanted to contribute to the construction of the cathedral for his Episcopal brethren.

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