The Waiting Room
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. www.kerstenbeck.com