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Hidden Treasures

 

Sam the Monkey Carving

Entrance above St. Mary’s Chapel

A monkey rides a Saturn booster rocket into space, celebrating Sam the Monkey and Ham the Monkey (they were actually chimpanzees), the first pioneers in America’s space program.

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Hippocampus Armrest

1941, Great Choir
Artist: Frohman, Robb and Little

A hippocampus is a mythical creature with the body and head of a horse and the tail of a fish.

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Fastitolocan (Giant Turtle) Armrest

1941, Great Choir
Artist: Frohman, Robb and Little

The fastitolocan is a giant asp-turtle from a medieval book of fables. The turtle’s giant shell was covered by sand and reeds. Sailors would mistake it for land and anchor to it.

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Flowers & Gardens

 

Roth 50th Anniversary

1979, Northwest Tower Stairway
Artist: Brenda Belfield, Fabricator: Dieter Goldkuhle

A special surprise gift in honor of the fiftieth wedding anniversary of the donors’ parents, the design features a floral motif of jonquils and carnations.

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George Augustus Gardner Memorial

1983, Northwest Tower Stairway
Artist: Brenda Belfield, Fabricator: Dieter Goldkuhle

White daisy-like flowers and pale blue morning glories surround the pristine white steeple and tower of a church in this memorial window.

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Altar Flowers

Since 1900, the Altar Guild and Flower Guild have overseen the altar and floral arrangements, as well as care of the altar linens and needlepoint.

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Gargoyles & Grotesques

 

Feline Dragon Gargoyle

South Nave exterior
Artist: John Guarente

A scaly, winged, clawed dragon with a saw-toothed ridge down its topside and a cat-like muzzle.

Baggy-eyed Dragon Gargoyle

South Nave exterior

A winged, horned, clawed dragon with bags under its eyes and a tuft beneath its chin.

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“The Angel Band” Grotesques

West Facade
Artist: Jay Hall

A few of the 321 angels adorning the highest pinnacles of the West Towers, depicted playing musical instruments.

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Percheron Gargoyle

South Nave exterior
Artist: Carl L. Bush

A Percheron is a breed of large draft horse. An ear of corn lies beside this horse.

Raccoon on the Lookout Grotesque

Northwest tower
Artist: Cassandra Epps, Age 10, Richwood, TX

The second-prize winner of a design-a-carving competition sponsored by a children’s magazine in 1985. The artist drew her favorite animal, a raccoon that lived in her family’s garage.

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Gothic Architecture

 

Statues of St. Peter and St. Paul

West Facade
Artist: Frederick Hart

The official name of the Cathedral is the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. Statues of both men stand by the side portals flanking the central entrance. Peter is depicted as a fisherman at the moment when Jesus called him to become his follower. Paul is shown when he was struck blind by God’s power and converted to Christianity.

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Maker of Heaven and Earth Boss Stone

Nave ceiling

Decorated boss stones sit at the apex of the “ribs” lining the vaulted ceiling along the length of the Nave. This boss stone illustrates a phrase from the Nicene Creed that declares God the “Maker of Heaven and Earth,” picturing the six days of creation and a sleeping human figure for the Sabbath.

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West Facade and Towers

Architect: Philip Hubert Frohman

The western façade honors Gothic tradition with grand towers, a prominent rose window and pointed arches, symbolically marking a boundary between the earthly and spiritual world. While medieval cathedrals often include images of heaven and hell on their façades, this Cathedral celebrates scenes of creation as presented in the Bible.

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Holy Week

 

Mosaic of Jesus meeting Mary

From mosaic in Resurrection Chapel
Artist: Rowan and Irene Matz LeCompte

This scene is one of seven mosaics in Resurrection Chapel depicting one of Jesus’ appearances to his followers after his resurrection. The artists mimicked the colorful light and illusion of stained glass by using the mosaic styles of ancient Byzantine masters.

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Butterfly Needlepoint Kneeler

From kneeler in Resurrection Chapel

The kneelers in this chapel are stitched with imagery representing resurrection.

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Stained Glass Windows

 

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Space Window, 1973

Location: south side of nave
Artist: Rodney Winfield. Fabricator: Robert Frei Studio. Installer: Dieter Goldkuhle

The Space Window celebrates America’s exploration of the cosmos. The window contains a piece of moon rock brought back by the astronauts of Apollo 11 and given to the Cathedral by NASA. Along the bottom of the window runs a passage from the Book of Job: “Is not God in the height of heaven?”

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Flower Windows

Location: northwest tower staircase
Artist: Brenda Belfield. Fabricator: Dieter Goldkuhle

Japanese Iris, 1979
This window of iris blooms is a memorial for Hide Motada Suzuki. Four family emblems are included in the design.

Lyre, 1979
This window was given in memory of Anna S. Eisenmenger. Her love of music is symbolized by a lyre in the lower corner.

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water windows coloring sheetWater Windows

Location: northwest tower staircase
Artist: Brenda Belfield. Fabricator: Thomas Wheeler

Water 5, 1987
Water flows through strands of kelp in this window.

Water 12, 1987
This window was given in honor of Elizabeth Barclay Bennett. An shell sits in the lower right corner.

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Kids Coloring Sheets

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