One hundred and ten years ago, men and women of the Church of the Saviour stood in the rubble of their beloved church destroyed by devastating fire and vowed to rebuild. Our Cathedral literally emerged from the ashes by their faithful determination to remain on this land in West Philadelphia. With only the front façade and the bell tower standing, that earlier generation renewed their commitment to serve as loving witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in this community and to one another.
We continue that commitment to the enduring life of the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, to its ministries, and to the future generations by seeking to be faithful and prudent stewards of our remaining resources. Our Cathedral Center project, resulting in a mixed use tower on property adjacent to the Cathedral itself and on the site of Cathedral and Gateson Houses, will enable us to preserve our Cathedral and fulfill the holy mission of servant ministry to our community and our Diocese to which God has called us.
In recognition of the faithful courage of those who went before us, we have created a new logo. The Cathedral façade and bell tower designed by the great Philadelphia architect Charles Burns will serve not only as an emblem of the past, but as a symbol of our future, our own witness, and our hope for those who will follow us. The new logo incorporates the predominant colors of the Edwin Blashfield mural which adorns the east end of the Cathedral, as well as the simplicity of the reordered interior worship space. We look forward as we embrace and honor our past.