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St. Patrick’s Cathedral

The St. Patrick’s Cathedral has an incredibly unique and vintage construction style. It is also noted for being a symbol of the success of New York’s immigrant Irish Catholic population. St. Patrick’s Cathedral is the largest Catholic cathedral in the United States, as well as the eleventh largest in the world.


In 1828, the plot where the Cathedral now sits was bought by the two major churches of New York: St. Peter’s and St. Patrick’s. The buyers intended the land as a burial ground. The buyers, however, did not examine the land which, as it turned out, was actually way too rocky to be used as a burial ground. As a result of the situation, the two churches owned a plot of useless land. That is, until in 1850, Archbishop John Hughes announced that he would be building a new cathedral on the site. John Hughes arrived to America in 1817 from Ireland, at the age of 20. He was initially an uneducated man eager to become a priest, who later became a skillful administrator, bishop, and orator.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral Print on Canvas
St. Patrick’s Cathedral Black and White Photograph

Eight years after making his statement about the cathedral, Hughes finally had raised enough money to be able to lay the cornerstone and begin construction. In 1879, when the cathedral’s construction was completed at last, it became known as an incredibly dedicated process due to the fact that it cost twice as much and taken four times as long to build, including an interruption at the time of the Civil War. The cathedral was officially sanctified in 1910.


The cathedral, designed by James Renwick and William Rodrigue, draws on the decorated Gothic style of the 13th century. As one of the most famous landmarks of New York, St. Patrick’s Cathedral draws the majority of visitors’ attentions with its intricate and elaborate, Latin cross with traditional east-west orientation design.

Although the general plan of the building was designed by Renwick and Rodrigue, they were not the sole designers working on the project. As the cathedral required a very close outlook on the details, other designers assisted with each aspect of the building. For example, the bronze doors of the cathedral, added in 1949, were designed by Charles Maginnis and the surrounding figures were designed by John Angel. The figures themselves attract many visitors as each one is unique and represents a different person, such as the first American-born saint, the first Catholic priest of New York, etc.

The art at is distinctive in that it portrays the cathedral from different viewpoints and angles, allowing it to be seen from various perspectives. Although each artwork may show the building from differing angles, they all are still able to capture how the unique building completely stands out from the rest of the street. To have a piece of the magic brought upon by the St. Patrick’s Cathedral, purchase some of the art offered at