Our second stop along the Historic Churches tour is St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral. This congregation began in the 19th century, as did the city of Denver itself, and the first cathedral was built downtown in 1882, and burned in 1903, due to arson. The present church, which is not really downtown but considerably closer than the Orthodox Cathedral, was built between 1909 and 1911, and has been a bastion of liberal Christianity throughout most of it’s existence (for instance its 4th dean Paul Roberts was a pacifist throughout WWII). This cathedral is the episcopal seat for the bishop of Colorado, who has far less ground to cover than his Orthodox counterpart. It is near impossible to take a shot of this church from outside as it lies on a narrow and crowded street….
Presumably this is Noah giving thanks after the flood waters receded. Bet that’s the first time you saw a giraffe in a stained glass window. You will notice as well different styles of stained glass windows, some more medieval some more modern in this cathedral….
This cathedral is mostly concrete, and does not have the same brightness and warmth as the Catholic Cathedral, as we shall see in the next post.