St. Mark's Cathedral construction photographs, 1929-1930  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Title
St. Mark's Cathedral construction photographs
Dates
1929-1930 (inclusive)
Quantity
75 photographic prints (1 box) ; various sizes
Collection Number
PH0042
Summary
Photographs of the construction of the St. Mark's Cathedral in Seattle
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.

Languages
English


Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

In order to accommodate the growth of the Seattle congregation in the early 20th century, the Diocese of Olympia made plans for a new cathedral. In 1923, land was purchased on 10th East. The original plans and church model depicted the parishoners' grand concept of an ornate Gothic-style building with a 250-foot tall tower, requiring a decade of construction and over one million dollars. When the depression began in October 1929, financial problems meant that the building plans had to be modified. In the end, San Francisco architects Arthur Brown Jr. and E. Frere Champney designed a simple cube shape which was given the nickname “The Holy Box.”

The Henry & McFee Contracting Company began construction in 1928. In order to build on Seattle’s steep ridges, the structure was stabilized on a sturdy concrete foundation, and the construction then continued in concrete. A ten-foot thick central slab of concrete with supporting pillars of steel and concrete at each corner was surrounded by four-foot thick slabs upon which walls and false buttresses were built with huge windows of frosted glass facing the north and south.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Photographs of the model and construction work on St. Mark's Cathedral in Seattle. Most of the photographs were taken by H.M. Warner

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Alternative Forms Available

View selections from the collection in digital format.

Restrictions on Use

Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Contact Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries for details.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

St. Mark's Cathedral Construction Photograph AlbumReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/1 1-2 July 10,1930
1/1 3 June 26, 1930
1/1 4 June 26, 1930
1/1 5-6 June 12, 1930
1/1 7-8 May 29, 1930
1/1 9-11 May 15, 1930
1/1 12
Construction. Workers on scaffolding
May 2, 1930
1/1 13-14 May 1, 1930
1/2 15 May 1, 1930
1/2 16
Plaque
Inscription reads "Saint Mark's Cathedral. For other foundation no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.... Cor. III. April XXVII"
April 29, 1930
1/2 17-18
Construction
April 17, 1930
1/2 19-20
Construction
April 3, 1930
1/2 21-22
Construction
March 20, 1930
1/2 23-24 March 6, 1930
1/2 25-26
Construction
February 20, 1930
1/2 27
Construction and top view of Tru-Mix Concrete shed
February 6, 1930
1/2 28
Construction and view of top of Tru-Mix Concrete shed. Light snow
January 23, 1930
1/2 29
Construction and view of top of Tru-Mix Concrete shed covered in snow
January 9, 1930
1/2 30 November 29, 1929
1/3 31 December 12,1929
1/3 32
Construction
December 26, 1929
1/3 33
Construction
December 12, 1929
1/3 34
Construction
December 26, 1929.
1/3 35 November 14, 1929
1/3 36
Construction of steel frame
October 31, 1929
1/3 37
Construction of steel frame
September 5, 1929
1/3 38
Construction of steel frame, interior
August 30, 1929
1/3 39
Construction of steel frame
August 22, 1929
1/3 40 August 8, 1929
1/3 41
Construction of steel frame
July 25, 1929
1/3 42
Construction of steel frame showing crane
July 11, 1929
1/3 43
Construction of steel frame showing crane
June 27, 1929
1/3 44
Construction of steel frame, showing crane
June 13, 1929
1/3 45 May 30, 1929
1/4 46
Foundation and crane
May 16, 1929
1/4 47
Foundation showing city landscape in background
May 2, 1929
1/4 48-50 April 18, 1929
1/4 51-53 April 4, 1929
box:oversize
XH1 54-55 March 21, 1929
Box/Folder
1/4 56-58
Construction on foundation
March 21, 1929
1/4 59-60 March 5, 1929
1/4 61
Construction site
March 8, 1929
1/4 62-63 March 4, 1929
1/4 64
Construction site
March 5, 1929
1/4 65-67 March 4, 1929

Additional PhotographsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/5 68 July 24, 1930
1/5 69 July 24, 1930
1/5 70-71
Construction
August 7, 1930
1/5 72
Construction
August 21, 1930
1/5 73 October 25, 1930

Pre-ConstructionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
box-folder:oversize item
OS1 74 1927
Box/Folder
1/6 75

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Cathedrals--Washington (State)--Seattle--Design and construction--Photographs
  • Corporate Names :
  • St. Mark's Cathedral (Seattle, Wash.)--Photographs
  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)--Buildings, structures, etc.--Photographs
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Warner, H. M (photographer)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)