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Professional Circle Tour: The Cathedral of St. John the Divine

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Professional Circle Tour: The Cathedral of St. John the Divine
February 15th, 3:30 – 5:00 PM

1047 Amsterdam Avenue (between 112th and 113th Streets), Manhattan

The New York Landmarks Conservancy is very pleased to offer its Professional Circle members an exclusive tour with Building Conservation Associates of The Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

Located in Morningside Heights, the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine is one of the largest cathedrals in the world. Dating from 1891, it evolved from the designs of Heins and LaFarge who were succeeded by Ralph Adams Cram. Building Conservation Associates has been assisting the Cathedral since 1995 with special projects and the master plan. The firm also led the oversight of the restoration and cleaning of the entire interior, which was damaged in a fire in 2001.

Originally designed and constructed in 1909 by Rafael Guastavino Jr., the 93-foot diameter tile dome above the Crossing was only intended as a temporary roof. However, the dome covers the Crossing to the present day and is one of the largest freestanding domes in the world. It is tall enough to fit the entire Statue of Liberty underneath, and it is also the thinnest brick shell in the world.

Now, after a painstaking three-year, $17 million rehabilitation, the dome’s 113-year-old aches and pains have been tended to. Its striking terra-cotta tile has been repaired, and a new copper exterior has been added.

Contact Matthew Marani at matthewmarani@nylandmarks.org or 212-995-5260, with any questions.

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