Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Restoring the vision of sacred architecture

~From The New York Times on a new construction (hat tip to Brad)...plus our favorite architect is mentioned.
BROTHER GARY CREGAN, a Franciscan friar and the principal of St. Anthony’s High School here, speaks plainly when discussing the modernist architecture of many area parochial schools and churches built in the mid-20th century.

“I have a general disgust for Catholic architecture since the 1950s,” he said recently. Dressed in a brown habit belted with rope, he becomes animated — even enthusiastic — as he discusses the high school’s plan to build a new, more traditional chapel.

The $3 million structure, designed by Baldassano Architecture, is inspired by a 12th-century Romanesque apse that is part of the Cloisters collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Upper Manhattan, according to Alex Badalamenti, one of the architects who worked on the school’s design.

That ancient apse, from Segovia, Spain, is a semicircular room with a half-dome ceiling and a central fresco.

The new school chapel, with a yellowish limestone veneer that does faintly resemble the coloring and style of the Cloisters apse, also adds a bell tower, and is meant to bring back an older tradition of worship, Brother Cregan said.
Don't you love the quote "general disgust for Catholic architecture since the 1950s". Plain talk. Gotta love it.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Now that is how a high school chapel should look!

St Anthony's also has a great schola that chants at the local Tridentine Mass.
God bless you
DH