This Gothic Revival church building was designed by noted Milwaukee architect Edward Townsend Mix, and was constructed in 1868 by Olivet Congregation Church. The Olivet congregation disbanded before taking occupancy, and the church was eventually purchased and consecrated by the Episcopal Diocese of Wisconsin in 1871. All Saints’ is the first cathedral in the Episcopal Church USA. The cathedral boasts a priceless triptych at the high altar that was installed in 1922, and the building also features a 210 foot tall steeple. Six historic bells are housed in the church’s belfry, and its interior wooden ceiling was installed in 1897. In 1908, the entire original back wall was removed to enlarge the sanctuary by fourteen feet.
The first sense visitors will experience at All Saints’ is smell, as the palpable scent of the 140 incense that are offered during services hangs in the air and carries with it all of the prayers that have been offered in this historic church. Visitor’s sight will be indulged as well, when their eyes are drawn to the stunning triptych at the high altar and the beautiful stained glass windows that depict over 100 saints of the church. Take time at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel or the Lady Chapel to seek a few minutes of spiritual sanctuary in the church. Guided tours, self-guided walking tours, and exhibits will be offered at this site, with docents available to answer questions throughout the cathedral.
Doors Open Milwaukee Concerts
On Saturday, September 23rd, at 1:00 p.m., Canon Kucharski will play a half-hour program of organ works by J. S. Bach in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Selections from Bach’s Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ Book) will feature chorale preludes thru the liturgical year.
Sunday, September 24th, at 12:30 p.m. Sub-Organist, Tedd King and Organ Scholar, Michel Shestak, will perform Franz Schubert’s Fantasie in F minor for four hands on one piano. Soprano, Sarah Richardson, will perform several songs for voice and piano by Lee Hoiby.