Wednesday, January 4, 2023

SATURDAY: Sketch the Dome


New York City’s Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, the seat of the Episcopal diocese of New York, just got a new dome.  The original dome was considered an engineering marvel and it took more than one hundred years to replace the "temporary" solution.

The dome was nearly 135 feet wide. It rises to 165 feet above the crossing floor — if the Statue of Liberty was spirited uptown from New York Harbor she would fit inside.  The cathedral, a concoction of Byzantine, Romanesque and Gothic styles is the length of two football fields, making it the largest in the world.  It's also an official city landmark as well as a beloved New York institution and popular tourist destination.

The dome was never meant to be permanent; rather, it was a temporary topping over the crossing’s four gigantic granite arches until a spire could be erected, at which point it was to be removed.  That was back in 1909.  Now, more than a hundred years later, that dome has been replaced by one they hope will stand the test of time.  

If this sounds interesting there's a great article about it in the New York Times:

In the past we’ve enjoyed choir practice on Saturdays which fills the cathedral with beautiful voices and stirring organ music.


What:   We will be sketching at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine

Where:   1047 Amsterdam Ave, NYC  (at West 112th Street) 

WhenMeet at 10 AM.  Sleeping late?  Come anyway - we’ll be there the whole day. 


By Subway:  

  • Cathedral Parkway and 110th Street - B, C, train.  This is the easier walk
  • Cathedral Parkway and 110th Street - 1 train.  Going there this route is uphill.

The Church is asking for donations: 

  • $10 Adults
  • $8 Seniors/Students

See map below.

Lunch12:30 PM.  There are many food choices on Broadway, one block away.  We will probably not be eating together

Afternoon 1:30 PM  Back to sketching

Show and Tell3:00 PM - Location to be determined.  Based on the weather and attendance we’ll determine where we’ll share our work..


-     Bring a stool, it gives you more options.  

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Can't find us?  
Call or Text Mark - 973-809-9128

There are no fees or attendance taken. All drawing skill levels are welcome

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