The Waiting Room

Musical Chairs Anyone?

This was shot at the back of St. John’s cathedral with my camera mounted on a trusty Gorilla Pod – we didn’t want to violate any Tripod Restrictions.

On the morning of December 18, 2001, a fire swept through the unfinished north transept, destroying the gift shop and for a time threatening the sanctuary of the cathedral itself. It temporarily silenced the  Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ. Although the organ was not damaged, its pipe chambers had to be removed and laboriously cleaned, to prevent damage from the fire’s accumulated soot. The organ is currently the 38th largest every constructed.

In 2003, the cathedral was designated a landmark by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission; however, shortly thereafter, the designation was unanimously overturned by the NYC Council, some of whose members favored landmark status for the cathedral’s entire footprint, rather than just the building.

In January 2005, the Cathedral began a massive restoration, which was completed and the cathedral rededicated on Sunday, November 30, 2008.

6 responses

  1. Very holy musical chairs. Great capture!

    May 9, 2011 at 8:15 pm

  2. Stunning shot. Love that window!

    May 10, 2011 at 6:59 am

  3. Beautiful scene. I like the low perspective.

    May 10, 2011 at 8:29 am

  4. Wow, what a perfect composition and framing you’ve captured here Erik, I love this shot! Great details, and the colors are just awesome!

    May 10, 2011 at 10:47 am

  5. Great shot! Was this taken with HDR? It’s great how you captured all the colors.

    May 12, 2011 at 9:56 am

    • Yes, 3 exposure HDR, Nikon D90 with a Sigma 10-20mm mounted about 12inches off the ground on a Gorilla Pod
      Thanks for visiting!

      May 12, 2011 at 9:58 am

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