5. Cathedral of St. John the Divine


Built in the true Gothic method (and still unfinished), the Cathedral of St. John the Divine used actual stonemasons–Americans trained in the church Stoneyard by English masons. The New York City masons contributed to the fundraising for the great cathedral and a rendering of the church appeared on the cover of Masonic World in 1925. The magazine article stated “It is particularly fitting that the Masons, who were the principal builders of cathedrals and churches during the greatest cathedral-building period, should now have a prominent part in the movement to build America’s greatest cathedral.” The building is filled with odd symbols (mason or not, it’s not specifically addressed in the tours) such as a television in stained glass before its invention, pillars that show the destruction of New York City’s twin towers (before 9/11) and destruction of the Brooklyn Bridge.