Connecticut Ave. & M St., and Rhode Island Ave.,NW
Category: church architecture
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.
Both men had studied at MIT and then worked for Henry Hobson Richardson. Two of their most significant designs were St. John the Divine, in Morningside Heights, NYC (bottom image) and The Cathedral of St. Matthew’s in Washington, DC. The latter church was where the funeral for President Kennedy was held.
The pre-eminent Roman Catholic Church architect in the early to mid 20th century in the US was this Boston-based firm. Best known for its large churches, the firm also designed exquisite smaller churches such as Holy Rosary Church on 3rd St.,NW. The congregation is celebrating its 100th anniversary this December, but the structure was started ten years after the founding of the congregation.