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ST. PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL AFFILIATION: Roman Catholic

HEAD HONCHO:

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York

LOCATION, LOCATION: Fifth Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets

HISTORY IN THE CITY:

The Diocese of New York was created in 1808, and in response to an increasing Catholic population, the original St. Patrick’s Cathedral was built on Mulberry Street and dedicated in 1815. The New York Gazette wrote: “Upwards of four thousand persona consisting of the best families of New York attended the dedication.”

BLUEPRINTS: Top to bottom: Kenneth Langone, Hugh Carey, Vince Lombardi, Senator Robert F. Kennedy and President Lyndon Johnson

Archbishop John Hughes initiated the plans to move St. Patrick’s from its downtown location to its current location. James Renwick, Jr. designed the cathedral in Gothic Revival style. Renwick also designed the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. The cornerstone for St. Patrick’s was laid in August 1858, but construction paused during the Civil War. The structure was finally completed in

1878 and dedicated in 1879. The cathedral and its campus were named National Historic Landmarks in 1976. St. Patrick’s is in the midst of a three-year, $177 million restoration project that commenced in 2012.

REPUTATION:

With its massive proportions, intricate design and artistry and storied history, St. Patrick’s is one of the most iconic buildings in New York. The congregation itself is comprised of some of the city’s most successful and elite but prides itself on its democratic spirit—it is also open to tourists and visitors as well as congregants.

POINT OF INTEREST:

Kenneth Langone, Frank Bisignano, John Castle, Samuel DiPiazza, Jr. are amongst the notable parishioners. After his assassination in June of 1968, Robert F. Kennedy was memorialized here, with then-President Lyndon Johnson, members of the Supreme Court and Congress and Mayor John Lindsay in attendance. Senator Ted Kennedy delivered his famous eulogy to his brother during that service, and RFK’s body then lay in repose for about 12 hours in the cathedral. Requiem Masses were also said here for the likes of Babe Ruth, Vince Lombardi, Ed Sullivan and former Governor of New York Hugh Carey. Andy Warhol’s memorial was held here and attended by 2,000 mourners.

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