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Thinking Theologically About Liturgical Architecture

The opening of the Guadalupe Shrine in LaCrosse raises some significant questions. Is simply “going back” to the past a suitable way to build churches. The answer is no. Does this mean that the past is banished? Also, no. The… Continue Reading →

A Tale of Two Altars–Italian Marble or Tree Trunk?

From the architectural “Second Spring” department comes good news on a recent church renovation. Architect James McCrery of McCrery Architects in Washington, DC sent this photo of a new altar for an existing church which he is renovating: Saint Bernadette… Continue Reading →

New Photos from Thomas Aquinas College

Architect Duncan Stroik sent some new photos from the new Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel project at Thomas Aquinas College in California. It’s a great thing to see the dreamy, optimistic watercolor renderings actually turn into the… Continue Reading →

Springfield Cathedral Update

JB Powers at the Society of St. Barbara has an update about the proposed renovations at the Springfield Cathedral. Some commenters took me to task recently for posting without all the facts. Fair enough, however I along with several others… Continue Reading →

Do You Know What An Altar is?

In case you know what you like but maybe don’t know why, here is a great quote from the architect Geoffrey Webb, from his 1939 book The Liturgical Altar: “The reason for [the Church’s] meticulous directions is to be found… Continue Reading →

Sneak Peak from La Crosse

Architect Duncan Stroik sent some pictures today from the rapidly moving completion of the great Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in LaCrosse, Wisconsin (click on thumbnails for larger images). The building is set to be dedicated on July 31st,… Continue Reading →

Another Look at Wheeling, West Virginia

I had the good fortune to visit the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Wheeling, West Virginia this weekend, and was again astounded by the beautiful murals painted the in the 1920s by Felix Lieftuchter (click for larger version). More important… Continue Reading →

Close Encounters of the Mosaic Kind

From the “Couldn’t We Do Better Than This?” department comes pictures of new mosaics added to the front facade of the crypt entrance of the Basilica at Lourdes in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the famous apparitions. From a… Continue Reading →

Stop The Insanity! Wreckovation Alert!

JB Powers at the Society of St. Barbara blog warns us that someone has the bright idea that the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield Illinois is in need of some wreckovation. The want to destroy the work of… Continue Reading →

Built Form of Ideas (Even Bad Ones)

Sometimes people think that “modern” church architecture is simply a stylistic preference where there is no accounting for taste. But liturgical architecture is more than that: it is the built form of theology. People who believe that angels and saints… Continue Reading →

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