The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in
The metal scaffolding that surrounded the tower in this picture has come down in an admission that the tower will never be finished.
After entering the door one walks down the main aisle through on a grey-painted plywood corridor, such as used to grace the
The main altar and surrounding chapels are finished, but are already decaying.
It is hard to understand what was going through the minds of the Episcopal worthies in the 1880s when they projected building the largest cathedral in the world.
What could it have been used for? Unlike
If the faith had been kept, it would matter little, but the Cathedral’s website proudly chronicles the events it has hosted:
(After some standard politically liberal stuff in the 1960s)
1982 Halveti-Jerrahi Order of Dervishes at
1984 Cathedral exhibits Christa, a bronze crucifix by British sculptor Edwina Sandys depicting Christ as a woman.
1986 Philippe Petit performs Ascent on a high wire.
1990 Big Bird and other Muppets pay tribute to puppeteer Jim Henson at his memorial service.
1999 Stonewall 30: A Sacred Celebration brings thousands from
The sadness of it all.