Cathedral project begins with meeting in the residence of Mr. Charles C. Glover, President of Riggs Bank
Feast of the Epiphany on January 6, the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation was chartered by Congress and approved by the President. “Said corporation is hereby empowered to establish and maintain within the District of Columbia a Cathedral and institutions of learning for the promotion of religion and education and charity.”
Cathedral named the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul by Bishop Paret, the sixth Bishop of Maryland
Episcopal Diocese of Washington established
First Bishop of Washington, the Right Reverend Henry Yates Satterlee, consecrated. On January 25, 1909, Bishop Harding, second Bishop of Washington, said about Satterlee, “His life of great faith, of unceasing prayer, of patient investigation, of natural conviction, of extraordinary labor, on behalf of a House of Prayer for All People in Washington, has borne abundant fruit.”
After years of controversy, Mount Saint Alban was chosen as Cathedral site
Purchase made of Mount Saint Alban
In October, the Cathedral School for Girls opens
On September 29, the Foundation stone laid in the presence of over 20,000 people including 60 bishops. "The stone itself is from the fields of Bethlehem and bears the inscription 'The Word was made Flesh and Dwelt Among Us.'"
In January, St. Albans school opens
Actual construction begins
That autumn the College of Preachers dedicated
For Easter, the Chancel was enclosed and opened for public worship. North transept opened for public worship.
St. Mary's Chapel opened
Beauvoir School founded
Funeral for Dwight D. Eisenhower held in March
On September 29, the Cathedral is physically completed with the setting of its last stone, the finial of the National Cathedral Association pinnacle on the south ( St. Paul) tower, while thousands watch. President George Herbert Walker Bush is in attendance. It is 83 years to the day from the setting of the first stone. On September 30, the Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul- Washington National Cathedral - is officially consecrated as "a great church for national purposes" and "a house of prayer for all people."
Funeral for Ronald Wilson Reagan held in June
Funeral for Gerald Rudolph Ford held in January.
On August 23 an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 causes massive damage to the Cathedral, particularly to the top of the central tower. The Cathedral is closed to visitors indefinitely. On September 7 a construction crane working on the south side of the Cathedral collapses, causing further damage. The Cathedral plans to reopen on November 12 -- the day of the consecration of the ninth bishop of Washington, the Rev. Dr. Mariann Edgar Budde.
Phase I of the earthquake repairs are completed.