The Cathedral of All Souls was established in 1896 as a member of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, and is today, a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The church and parish hall were commissioned by George Vanderbilt and designed by Richard Morris Hunt, the architect of Vanderbilt’s Biltmore Estate. The Cathedral is a good demonstration of how much growth and development George Vanderbilt intended to have eventually occur for his village, but also his personal place of worship as there was no church on the estate.
Having a church like All Souls as a focal point gives Biltmore Village the distinction of having been a true village. When thinking of the Cathedral of All Souls and its inclusion in Biltmore Village schema, it is clear to see that the village was meant to be a grand one.
The sense of proprietary nature in the village and its surrounding areas has since somewhat faded, but there is much that remains to appear as a small English Village with American accoutrements and a grand church bearing testimony to its original authenticity and tradition, alongside the up-scale economic fixtures that reinforce the working nature of this area’s intended essence.
Today, the Cathedral of All Souls stands as the only remaining, original Richard Morris Hunt church in the world, and Biltmore Village remains to provide the community and all those passing through a remarkable shopping destination with world-class food offerings.