This church was founded just after the American Civil War (late 1800's). According to their website, it was consecrated "on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1886, coinciding with the dedication of the Statue of Liberty in New York, thus reinforcing both our French and American alliances."
|From the American Cathedral official website|
My very favorite part of this church which always makes me feel at home (in spite of the fact that this is an Episcopalian church and I'm Roman Catholic) are the flags which hang from the ceiling on both sides of the main aisle. There are 52 of them: 1 for the U.S., 1 for France and one for each U.S. state. The Washington state flag (green with a picture of George Washington in the middle) is on the right-hand side close to the altar.
I arrived a little early and had the time to take a few pictures.