St. Johns Episcopal Cathedral – Denver

The Cathedral of St. John in the Wilderness in Denver, Colorado is the seat of the bishop and the cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado and part of the Episcopal Church in the United States. Construction began in 1909, the first service held in the cathedral in 1911, and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. Father John H. Kehler traveled from Virginia to the group of mining camps known as Denver City in January 1860 and delivered the first public services of the Episcopal Church in what would become Colorado Territory. He eventually established the parish of St. Johns in the Wilderness, so named because the nearest Episcopal parish was seven hundred miles away in Kansas. The first Cathedral was at 20th and Welton and held its first services in 1881. Dean H. Martyn Hart was the first dean of the Cathedral, and he worked with other Denver clergy in 1887 to create the Denver Charity Organization. the first community charity solicitation fund in the United States – later renamed The United Way. The cornerstone for the current Cathedral was laid on January 24, 1909, and the first service held within on November 5, 1911. Of the original design, the two transepts, choir and great tower have never been built. Only the nave was completed of limestone with a “temporary” brick chancel. The height of the ceiling in the Nave is 65 feet. It is 185 feet long and 52 feet wide. In the intervening years it has come to contain much artwork of

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