The Cathedral of Living Trees was erected under the guidance of Edgar W. Robinson in November 17, 1935. According to an article in the Olean Times-Herald published on July 20, 1938, “It will be ten years before the Minnie Taylor Mallory Cathedral of Living Trees at Springfield College freshman camp attains its full stature, [and] more than 50,000 persons from all parts of the country already have visited the outdoor sanctuary. The Gothic arches of the cathedral, its tall, rugged pillars, will be live trees. Sixty elms will form the pillars, and the natural curve of the branches will form the ‘interior’ arches and dome. Cathedral wall will consist of 123 bush plants, spruce, hemlock and pine. A huge natural stone alter eventually will be erected, and cedar-wood pews will be placed in the interior. Electric candles will furnish the lighting. Three large Gothic arches, of elms, will comprise the front exterior. The cathedral is in the shape of a cruciform. College students are making a 12-foot clearing round the exterior of the natural cathedral. The first tree, the chancel tree, was planted Nov. 17, 1935. At the time it was estimated that lights, alter and pews could not be placed for 10 years.” An article published in the December 2, 1963 issue of Sports Illustrated claims that “the college did away with worship in the Cathedral of Living Trees, which is located in an 86-acre campsite adjacent to the campus, because there were murmurings about paganism.” The Cathedral of Living Trees can still be visited today on East Campus.
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