A great church for national purposes, such as public prayer, thanksgiving and funeral orations … equally open to all.
~ Architect Pierre L’Enfant’s original vision for a national cathedral
THE CATHEDRAL’S FOUNDATION STONE WAS SET ON SEPT. 29, 1907 BY PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT.
Eighty-three years later, on Sept. 29, 1990, President George H.W. Bush was present to witness the final stone on the Cathedral set in place.
STATE FUNERALS FOR THREE U.S. PRESIDENTS WERE HELD AT THE CATHEDRAL.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford had their state funerals at the Cathedral, along with memorial services for seven other presidents.
A 5.8-MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE STRUCK WASHINGTON, D.C., ON AUG. 23, 2011, CAUSING MORE THAN $34 MILLION IN DAMAGE TO THE CATHEDRAL.
To date, about $12 million in repairs to the interior and exterior of the Cathedral have been completed. Repairs are made as money comes in from generous donors and friends.
THE REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. PREACHED HIS FINAL SUNDAY SERMON AT THE CATHEDRAL.
Dr. King preached from the Cathedral's Canterbury pulpit on March 31, 1968. He was assassinated four days later in Memphis, Tenn.
THE CATHEDRAL’S 'SPACE WINDOW' CONTAINS A 7.18-GRAM PIECE OF MOON ROCK FROM THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY.
The rock was donated to the Cathedral by the crew of Apollo 11 (Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins). The window was dedicated on the fifth anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, July 21, 1974.
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