Synod House

Synod House
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The Synod House at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, designed by Cram & Ferguson, is pure French Gothic architecture of the 13th Century. The House is built in a neo-Gothic style, evidenced by the pointed arches of its doors and windows and the regular standing buttresses along its walls. The main portal on its west front features 36 carved figures that represent ancient and modern evangelists, as well as prominent individuals in the arts, sciences, and crafts, including founding father George Washington and the architect Christopher Wren.

Originally built to host the Diocesan Convention, Synod House includes two floors perfectly suited for special events. It is the quintessential wedding venue able to accommodate up to 299 guests for ceremony, cocktail reception and a seated dinner with dancing comprising a total of 20,000 square feet of event space. The soaring ceilings and beautiful wood carving of the interior of the main floor create a magnificent space for dining or receptions. The gardens around Synod House and throughout the Cathedral’s entire campus are a dramatic background for events complete with sculptures and fountains. The final touches are the peacocks that call the Cathedral home: India blue peacocks Jim and Harry and a rare white peacock named Phil.

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