In-Depth Tour

In-Depth Tour: 20th Century American Gothic

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 | 2:00pm

What are the basic elements shared by any Gothic building? Why is Gothic so well suited to religious structures? Through the Cathedral’s soaring walls and exquisite carvings, visitors explore the Gothic style and its unique characteristics, purposes and building methods.

A Gothic Cathedral has been described as a “symphony in stone.” In this tour a general introduction discusses the purposes of the Gothic style, characteristics and building methods. The group then tours the Cathedral to note these features firsthand. The Cathedral architecture is of English design with emphasis on the 14th century style. The tour begins on the lower (or Crypt) level with visits to chapels of Romanesque, transitional and Gothic architecture. Exiting the church for a view of the three towers, buttressing system and details of the drain system. Re-entering on the nave (main) level to view its more decorative Gothic styles, and cruciform shapes, boss stones, vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows. The tour concludes in a small chapel with highly decoration fan vaulting.

About In-Depth Tours

In-Depth Tours tours offer a special, in-depth look at aspects of Cathedral artisanship for visitors aged 10 and older. Reservations are encouraged but not required; space is limited. The tour meets at the west-end docent station, nave level, just inside the main doors.

  • Admission
    • $22 per adult
    • $18 for children (5–17), senior (65+), military, teachers and students (all with ID)
  • Dates Offered
    • January 1, 1970 |
  • Recommendations
    • Recommended for ages 10 and up