Saint Paul’s Cathedral was designed by Henry Dudley of New York, the Cathedral is the third home of an Episcopal congregation founded in 1826.
This beautifully severe, English Gothic composition of Onondaga limestone culminates in a 225-foot stone spire with a 7-foot cross at the top – a remarkable example of masonry skill.
The Anglican-style interior features glazed brick and intricately carved woodwork and stained glass windows, including one fashioned and signed by the famed Tiffany Company. This church has had little alteration from its original design and was designated a cathedral in 1972.
Organized in Syracuse in 1826, this is the third location of St. Paul’s church in Syracuse and it was completed in 1885.
The steeple rises over 200 feet and is topped by a 7 foot cross. In 1930, it was discovered, and confirmed by City engineers, that the steeple tilts slightly to the east.
A man works on the church spire
The organ was originally located directly under the steeple, which housed the church’s bell. On July 31, 1887, the church sexton, Franklin Dodge, climbed the steeple tower to ring the bell for church services. The bell was 42 years old, weighed over 3,000 pounds, and was moved to this building from the second St. Paul’s church. At the base of the tower, the organist was opening the organ for preliminary practice. Mr. Dodge had rung the bell twice when a piece of metal came flying down and struck him on the head. The bell’s rope suddenly eased up and Mr. Dodge heard a crack in the timbers above.
He ran down the stairs of the tower yelling for the organist to take cover. Just as he reached the bottom step, the rotted bolt that held the bell in place gave way. Both men managed to escape the area safely before the one and a half ton bell came crashing down, landing on the organ, and splintering it into thousands of pieces.
Newspaper article about the bell falling