This awe inspiring cathedral, also known as The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, is run by the Episcopal Church. When we arrived at the sight we met two wonderful ladies who were curious as to what we were doing at the church. After we told them we found the cathedral online and were curious to its history they became excited and warmly welcomed us in. While one woman stayed in the foray to give us a basic history lesson, the other rushed off to retrieve the sanctuary’s key. She unlocked the door and left us to explore the rest of the church ourselves, which we were thankful for.
Bishop Edward Makin Cross envisioned this church in 1924 and construction of the beautiful building began in 1925 under the supervision of founding architect Harold C. Whitehouse. Whitehouse was a veteran and is responsible for many of the architectural designs around Spokane. For this particular project Whitehouse and Bishop Cross decided on strong English Gothic designs with some French undertones. The structure is built entirely of cut stone, meaning there are no wooden or metal support beams used, and is truly a marvel to behold. Due to the Great Depression, construction of the church had to be put on hold for a number of years, but it is still one of very few times a cathedral was completed within the lifespan of the founding Bishop.
The stained glass windows in the Cathedral were created by Charles J. Connick and Associates of Boston and later Willet Stained Glass Studio of Philadelphia. Each series of windows illustrates a story. The chancel windows tell of significant events in the life of Jesus. The large nave windows depict major figures of the Old and New Testaments. The lower nave windows follow the history of the Christian church up to the time of local Inland Northwest events.
Housed within the cathedral are religious carvings and sculptures by notable artists Ole Sunde from Seattle Washington, Arcangelo Cascieri from Boston Massachusetts, and Adio diBaccari also from Boston.
The Cathedral’s Organ was designed, built and installed by the Aeolian-Skinner Company in 1957. It was constructed with 4,039 pipes to interpret the whole range of organ sounds. The organ was renovated in 2000 by Marceau & Associates, and is so skillfully voiced that even the smallest pipes can be heard in every corner of the building.
This was an amazing sight, and I’m beyond thankful to the congregation members who opened the doors and gave us a private peak inside. I’ll never forget how beautiful it was.
🌎: 127 East 12th Avenue
Spokane, WA 99202
📅: Mon-Sat: 9 AM – 4 PM (except holidays)
Sunday: 8 AM – 1 PM
Tour Guides available Wednesday, Friday, & Saturdays from 11 AM – 2 PM