Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist (Spokane, Washington)

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Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
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Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist (Spokane, Washington) is located in Washington (state)
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist (Spokane, Washington)
47°38′41.72″N 117°24′34.87″W / 47.6449222°N 117.4096861°W / 47.6449222; -117.4096861Coordinates: 47°38′41.72″N 117°24′34.87″W / 47.6449222°N 117.4096861°W / 47.6449222; -117.4096861
Location 127 E 12th Avenue
Spokane, Washington
Country United States
Denomination Episcopal Church in the United States of America
Founded 1929
Architect(s) Harold C. Whitehouse
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1924
Completed 1954
Height 180 feet (55 m)[1]
Materials Sandstone
Diocese Episcopal Diocese of Spokane
Bishop(s) Rt. Rev. Gretchen Rehberg
Dean Very Rev. Bill Ellis

The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Rockwood, Spokane, Washington, is the cathedral church of the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane. Three Spokane parishes, All Saints Cathedral, St. Peter's, and St. James, merged on October 20, 1929 to form the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.[2] Construction began on the present cathedral four year previous in 1925 and was structurally completed in less than a generation under the supervision of founding architect Harold C. Whitehouse of the Spokane firm of Whitehouse & Price.[3] Built entirely of cut stone, the carvings, and the figures in stained glass, include symbols of many faiths. Especially notable are carvings by Ole Sunde of Seattle and by Arcangelo Cascieri and Adio diBaccari of Boston, Mass. The stained glass windows, in classic Gothic style, are the work of the Charles J. Connick firm, and since its closure of the work of Willet Hauser Architectural Glass.

The Cathedral Organ, with 4,039 pipes,[4] designed, built and installed in 1957 by the Aeolian-Skinner Company (Opus 1343) to interpret the whole range of organ literature and renovated in 2000 by Marceau & Associates, is so skillfully voiced that even the smallest pipes can be heard in every corner of the building. Recitals are scheduled throughout the year.

Bishop Cross Tower, named to honor the Cathedral's founder, houses a 49-bell carillon,[3] one of only a handful in the Northwest, cast and installed by the English firm of John Taylor & Sons. Carillon concerts are played at Sunday services, at times of religious and civic festivals, and other times as announced. The carillon is best heard from outside on the Cathedral Close (nearby grounds).

The first Dean of the Cathedral was Richard Coombs, who relocated to Spokane in 1956 from the Saint Paul's Episcopal Church in Salinas, California.

The Cathedral is open the 1st & 3rd & 5th Fridays of the month and Saturday from 11am until 2pm. On Sundays, guided tours are available up to one hour after the last morning worship service. The tour usually lasts around 45 minutes.[5]

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  1. ^ "Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist". Emporis. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  2. ^ "Spokane, Diocese of". Episcopal Church. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  3. ^ a b Jesse Tinsley (2013-11-18). "Then and Now photos: Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  4. ^ "Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co., Opus 1343, 1957". OHS Pipe Organ Database. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
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