photo: Carol M. Highsmith
The architecture firm of Heins & La Farge won the original design competition for the cathedral in the 1880s with a Romanesque design. After George Heins died in 1907, Ralph Adams Cram took over responsibility for the cathedral’s construction and changed the design to a Gothic one. Many architects have been employed on the project since Cram’s death in 1942, but the scheme is still largely his. The cathedral to this point is only two-thirds complete.