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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
Thursday, August 28, 2003 Churches that look remarkably like churches, and some that don't:
A gallery of churches and chapels designed by architect Duncan Stroik shows there is hope for a renaissance in Catholic sacred architecture. (Via Carrie Tomko)
Erik Keilholtz makes an intriguing suggestion: Richard Vosko, he says, has been put here to act as a purgative, to make a clean sweep of preconciliar church architecture that in many cases was undistinguished and representative of the Plaster-Saint School, and thus clear the way for distinguished architecture to come. After all, Erik reasons, how much of Vosko's oeuvre will still be here 20 years hence? Good point.
Carrie Tomko criticizes what she sees as Masonic influences in modern Catholic architecture, and St. Mark's in Santa Barbara*, home of the Cosmic Christ mural, offers fodder for her argument, as images from the renovated church's re-dedication last year indicate. Compare the altar placement at St. Mark's with that of the Gothic Hall -- or of any of the halls -- at the Grand Masonic Temple in Philadelphia. (* Via Bill Cork)