St. John’s has been at the corner of 4th and Silver in Albuquerque since 1892. Originally a small parish church, it was named the Cathedral of the Diocese in the 1920’s. The current building was designed by John Gaw Meem and erected on the site of the original church in 1950. The Cathedral House was renovated in the 1970’s. Portions of the 1930’s era parish house (also designed by Meem) do remain in the facade and clergy offices, including the original leaded windows.
The stained glass windows in the Cathedral Nave were designed by Charles Connick and represent some of the most beautiful of his work. It took 20 years for them all the be installed designed and installed. A few of the stained glass windows from the original church can still be seen in the Chapel of the Beloved Disciple.
The Cathedral’s Reuter op. 2210 pipe organ is the largest pipe organ in New Mexico and produces an exceptional sound.
From A Grain of Mustard Seed by Cynthia Davis is the history of the first 125 years of St. John’s from the earliest meetings at a hotel in Old Town to current ministries. In this book you will find long forgotten stories brought to life through the observations of current and former members. Davis interviewed many clergy and lay members of the church to garner their recollections and observations of life at St. John’s over the years and culled pages of vestry minutes and records of other organizations to build the framework on which she is able to bring the first 125 years of ministry in this holy place to life. Photos of life and ministry at the Cathedral enrich the book and let you see how the area near the church has changed over the years.