Pinnacle of Bryn Athyn Cathedral Demolished by Bolt of Lightning (1924)
“Visitors to Bryn Athyn will observe the absence of one of the four pinnacles of the tower of the cathedral. It was demolished by a bolt of lightning during a violent thunderstorm which passed over this region at 10:10 p. m. on June 18th, and the broken stone fell through the roof of the chancel, doing considerable damage. Two hours earlier, a large congregation was present at the wedding of Mr. Philip C. Pendleton and Miss Doris Glenn, but at the time of the storm were dispersing to their homes after attending the reception at Glenhurst” (New Church Life 1924, 446). This photograph of Bryn Athyn Cathedral from the air, missing one of its pinnacles, appears in the New Church History Image Project album entitled “Bryn Athyn Cathedral Construction.” Photo: Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn Archives, Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania.