St. John's Cathedral, Knoxville

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St. John's Cathedral located at 413 Cumberland Avenue in Knoxville, Tennessee, is the cathedral church of the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee.
Established in 1826, St. John’s Church was one of the congregations represented at the Primary Convention when the Diocese of Tennessee was organized in Nashville in 1829. In May 1844, with 25 communicants, St. John’s became the first mission from Eastern Tennessee to be admitted to the Diocese of Tennessee.
In 1891, the original building was razed to make room for a larger facility, which was completed in 1892. The architect for the current building was J.W. Yost of Columbus, Ohio. The stone church is built in a Latin cross form, but the nave, transepts, and apse are minimal in size compared to the crossing, resulting in a large central space. The architectural style is Richardsonian Romanesque. Features include a slate roof, turrets, buttresses, and rose windows.
A devastating fire in the church building in 1919 destroyed many of the original stained glass windows, but the building was promptly restored. In 1963, extensive renovation created the undercroft under the nave floor. In 1986, St. John’s was designated as the seat of the bishop for the newly created Diocese of East Tennessee.
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  • A MUST see and admire when making a short walk in the area. It really stands out by its great stained glass windows!  more »
  • Sure, the US does not have much of ancient architecture but this one is for sure not to be passed over!  more »
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  • Been to the lunchen there. Good food and nice people. The cost for 5.00 lunch is a good deal.
  • Just a beautiful old church, with an excellent and friendly caring staff. It’s top-notch in all regards.

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