One Of The Most Successful American architects of his time
James Renwick Jr., born in Manhattan in the early nineteenth century, was one of the most celebrated and versatile architects of his time, despite never being formally trained. His ability and interest in building design were nurtured through his travels and broad cultural education.
His most illustrious achievement, St. Patrick's Cathedral, began construction in 1858 and was opened in 1879. The cathedral is considered the most ambitious essay in Gothic Revival. Today, The Renwick's robust, elegant name evokes the storied glamour of historic New York City and the commanding power of great art.