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Renovation may uncover missing cornerstone at St. Patrick's cathedral in New York

October 13, 2011

A major renovation effort at St. Patrick’s cathedral in New York could have an unusual byproduct, the New York Times reports. The work might lead to the rediscovery of the building’s original cornerstone.

The cornerstone of the cathedral was originally laid in August 1858, at the corner of 50th Street and 5th Avenue. But the original plans for the building do not show its exact location, and apparently no record was kept to identify it. The location of the cornerstone is “the great mystery of the cathedral,” the current rector says.


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