I visited this Basilica in Baltimore once years ago when I was a kid. I thought it was very impressive at the time. I'm not sure what these restorations did to the feeling of the building though.
The fact that the article said that the Basilica now "calls to mind the simplicity of a country church or Quaker meetinghouse," makes me kind of nervous. I like lots of natural light and all...but still.
posted on 11/03/2006 8:10:30 AM PST
(Said the perpetually dejected Mets fan.)
Click on the above link. The paper has extensive graphics and information on the restoration + links to those involved. Note that Fr. Dr. Richard Vosko was NOT on the renovation team for this Cathedral ... and that IS good news!
posted on 11/03/2006 8:21:09 AM PST
(Apart from the cross, there is no other ladder by which we may get to Heaven. St. Rose of Lima)
The interior you saw was the result of redecoration done during the 1940s. It wasn't bad, although some things (like blocking the skylights in the dome) were done for the sake of cutting costs rather than expressing any particular architectural style. The interior wood was all dark, and the walls were painted in fairly dark colours. The result was nice, but not really in keeping with the original "Federal Style" of architecture. The 1940s pews were all removed, and sold dirt cheap to a new Parish in Fairfax County, VA. This restoration, IMO, properly expresses what the original architects were trying to do. It matches in style such edifices as the US Capitol, while still being recognisably a Catholic Church.
IOW, I approve.
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