There are few architectural works of greater power and craftsmanship in New York. Magnificent scale, proportion, intricacy, sculptural expression. For students of architecture who have not yet had the opportunity to make a grand tour of Europe, this place provides an equivalent experience.

The portal design is such a critical component of the Gothic Cathedral. St. John the Divine applies a layering of sculpture and architectural form at the portals to intensify the shadows and relief through a screen of arches and sculptural apertures.

We positioned ourselves on the steps below the portals and sketched viewing up, enhancing the majestic presence of the massive entry wall.