Skip to comments.Episcopal cathedral sold Unnamed buyer to pay $1.275M for 38-year-old landmark (ECUSA)
Posted on 05/09/2007 10:04:20 AM PDT by PAR35
The Cathedral of Christ the King in Portage has been sold, members of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan were told Sunday.
But who has purchased the church for $1.275 million and what will be done with the familiar landmark building and its prime property remain unknown.
The cathedral was built in 1969 for $2 million. The diocese began thinking about a sale in 2004 because of tight finances and a dwindling church maintenance fund.
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Possibility of a sale discussed here:
It's not the prettiest, is it?
What is that outbuilding pictured?
An industrial baptistery?
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YAK...Who would by such a piece of garbage? The Zambodians?
It is even too ugly to be a factory or a power plant.
I saw speculation at one point that the site would be a good one for a hotel.
It'd be a great fire station, though -- you could dry a lot of hoses in those towers.
I think it would make a pretty cool power plant.
That was my first thought, too. The Saudis are always out buying up buildings in small US cities for (at present unneeded) mosques, and this one seems ready-made...
I thought you were joking when you said the World’s Ugliest Cathedral... But looking at that picture, all I can say is, “Yup!”
Yeah, building something that damned ugly will kill your property values, sho’nuff.
It’s just a weird lookin’ building, isn’t it?.. LOL.
The inside is just as Fugly.
This is a Work that “Father” Vosko would be proud of.
I guess that's about the most charitable thing that could be said of it, actually.
“...a Work that Father Vosko would be proud of.”
Or perhaps one der Fuehrer would be proud of (needs more smoke stacks).
Ohhhhhhhhh, or a weird-themed Vegas hotel .. hmmmmmmmm.
... if Vegas ever decides to go for a “Martian Chronicles” theme.
yeah ........ that.
One word -—Why?
There is nothing so dated as something that was once considered the wave of the future.
The chutzpah of these people who imagined that THEY knew better than a thousand years of church history. . . .
Looks like a cement factory. Or something out of Nazi Germany death camps.
No intention to glorify God.
I hope somebody saves them, if they're any good.
They may have the world's ugliest cathedral, but they have some very pretty dogs there!
At eight weeks, looking so cute it ought to be illegal.
They are selling the organ separately. I’d bet they’ll look for a good offer on the bells as well. Given the current market for scrap, they might just sell them to a recycler.
I love to see a the great architectural attempt, I love Thorne Crown for example, but some of what has come along in the last fifty years are just obnoxious.
We highjacked a thread into a discussion of ugly churches one night. That one won.
I went to the website and found out what that strange round structure is out front.
Some members of the parish gave the cathedral some bas-reliefs (done in a 30s style but thankfully not the Socialist Realism of Rockwell Kent) from an old store that was wrecked out in downtown Portage. So they built that strange incinerator-looking thing to display them.
That's "Commerce" and "Agriculture" - on the other side are "Industry" and "Art" - looking like nothing so much as a 1930s version of Achilles (although he's holding a caduceus so he ought to be Hermes) and Marianne (the symbol of France - although she's holding a little Nike so she ought to be Athena). But the Nike, not the wreath she's holding, ought to have the wings. The symbolism is a terrible mish-mash.
On the website they have some folderol about the bas-reliefs representing the church's duty to serve all diverse people, but that sounds like "somebody we don't want to offend gave us these and we have NO idea what to do with them, or say about it."
Clearly these folks don't plan well in any respect.
You insult Hitler. He actually would have made a fairly good architect - and the world might have been better off if he had gone into that line. But he wanted to be an artist.
Not all newer attempts that are outside the box turn out to miss the mark. Take a look at Thorne Crown outside Eureka Springs in northwest Arkansas at http://travel.webshots.com/photo/2764753780015621458nmqFkl
The Aeolian-Skinners are out of fashion right now, if I recall what he told me in the music course he taught last semester . . . but I let him know anyway. Maybe we can get a deal.
More shots of Thorn Crown at http://www.webshots.com/search?media=photo&query=Thorne+Crown+Arkansas&queryChannel=&sortBy=&source=search_menu
But it's got its insides showing.
Come on, the French couldn’t even get the towers to match on the first of your good examples. At least the Germans can make them look the same: http://www.koelner-dom.de/
Close but no cigar (naturally it's the Bavarians).
My personal favorite for pure exuberance is Santiago de Compostela:
Daughter was there last summer and had a ball . . .
Sainte Chapelle’s small cathedral of light was Fay Jones inspiration for his masterpiece. he called it Ozark Gothic. For Saint Chappelle:http://www.discoverfrance.net/France/Cathedrals/Paris/Sainte-Chapelle.shtml
We are in the final stages of installing a new organ. It was about a 5 year project, start to finish. Ours is supposed to be very similar to this one in Houston:
These folks seem to deal in used organs:
But I can't see the connection with the interior at all -
It was the descending, interlocking interior beams that made me think of the stave churches. That's how they're built.
I have a friend that is a Mexican Architect from central Mexico who was educated in the US in the sixties. He had heard of Thorncrown but never seen more than a small snapshot. We were driving through that area on a leasurly business trip and I took him by there. We arrived on a misty morning without anyone but us around and walked through the mountain mists and into the chapel alone in silence.
We sat in a pew for about five minutes without a word exchanged. He turned to me and whispered: wow!!!
Jones wanted it built without disturbing the site. The property Owner had built it as personal gift to the area community and almost couldn’t get it finished. Jones desinged it so the trusses could be built on the flagstone floor and raised in place and all the members and glass plates could be hand carried to the site.
I think I have see it. Right by the Interstate, right? UGHlee!
Oh I'm not so sure, I think there may be a tie for that title.
Is that Cathedral called Glory to Cement Block?