Vintage Photograph from 1898 Shows Harlem's Cathedral of St. John the Divine Under Construction

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine (under construction), between W. 111th and 112th Streets east of Amsterdam Avenue, New York City, November 8, 1898. North facade of Leake & Watts Orphan Asylum visible.
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine (under construction), between W. 111th and 112th Streets east of Amsterdam Avenue, New York City, November 8, 1898. North facade of Leake & Watts Orphan Asylum visible.
Photo: DCMNY

Though St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican is the largest church in the world, the largest cathedral — a church that houses a cathedra — is right here in New York City. Morningside Height's St. John the Divine is a sprawling 121,000-square-foot cathedral that dominates the neighborhood. In this vintage photograph from 1898, see the cathedral while it was still under construction.

Check out the specimen page in the Digital Culture of Metropolitan New York archives for more info.

The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine

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