Month: July 2014

Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, Amsterdam Ave,between 110 and 113th Streets

Heins and LaFarge won the commission in the late 19th century and did the rear end of the church. They were replaced by Ralph Adams Cram. Of the major late 19th to early 20th century American cathedrals, this is the only one not completed.

Heins and LaFarge also designed the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, Washington,DC where JFK’s funeral was held. (This church was posted months ago.)St John the Divine

Idiosyncratic urban architecture

In late 19th century American architecture, there was a brief period when architect and client broke the rules and used decoration that was bold,even bizarre — suggesting ancient Pacific carvings (or at least in the architect’s imagination). Symmetry was much less of a restraint; colors and textured were mixed and challenged each other.
Rowhouse north of Dupont Circle.
(c) Bill Lebovich,all rights reserved,2014