FUN WITH MAPS – ISSUE 2021-187 DAILY FEATURE:

By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (September 28, 2021) – In Issue 2021-187 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we learn the cornerstone was only the beginning for this church building.

WASHINGTON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL

The cornerstone for Washington National Cathedral was laid on this day in 1907 and the cathedral was completed on this day in 1990, 83 years later.

While commonly referred to as Washington National Cathedral, the church’s official name is the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul.  Its medieval design contains 112 gargoyles, including one of Darth Vader, and 215 stained glass windows, one of which houses a moon rock.

The Episcopal church is the 6th largest cathedral in the world and 2nd largest in the US.

Colton’s map of Georgetown and Washington D.C. with decorative vignettes from 1855 is presented here.

Map of Washington D.C.with Gerogetwon 1855 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Antique Maps & Fun Facts here on Loveland Beacon.