Skip to comments.High Cost for New Calif. Cathedral (compared to a nuclear reactor)
Posted on 09/04/2007 7:35:21 AM PDT by NYer
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Mind-boggling. How does this in any way, shape, or form glorify God? Looks more like the Tower of Babel without the exterior ramps.
You hit the nail on the head.
Act 17:24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
Act 17:25 Neither is worshiped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
I would think God would be appalled by this blatant waste of the resources he has given to Christians, whether it be a Catholic church or Protestant...
A lot of glass for Oakland. Hope it’s bullet proof.
It is better than what LA got for its money.
It had lousy engineering. They've spent millions to keep it from collapsing. Wright's work is also known for flat, leaky roofs.
This may be it (apologies ... it is taking forever to download on dial-up). Looks like it fits the description.
Thanks — no wonder I couldn’t find it searching “Domus Dei”! :)
Now I have another reason to dislike it. Sweet.
But not out of reach of your computer ;-)
These glass, steel and concrete monstrosities defy any understanding of "divine" worship. They would be better suited to worship of the goddess Diana. Even Zeus would balk at such a design.
Consider, too, the ecological effect of these edifies - glass in a warm climate generates plenty of heat which would require air conditioning to cool down the interior space. And how do they plan to clean all of that glass? These glass structures are nothing more than egotiscal tributes.
I did some more digging. Apparently, if the contractor had followed Wright’s plans to the letter, the structure wouldn’t have even supported its own weight. The builder doubled the support on his own, (Wright was furious at having been shown up) which prevented immediate failure at the time of construction, but which still hasn’t proved sufficient.
The propping up of the cantalevers alone cost about a million and a half; that was only part of the work that has been needed. Total work ran about $11.5 million for the latest round.
Some details can be found here (also mentions a leaky roof on another Wright project in passing): http://www.structural.net/News/Media_coverage/media_fallingwater_toh.html
Wow...interesting! Wright comes off in that piece as a bit of a megalomaniac.
The Bay area (Oakland) is rarely warm or cold.
From what I can see in the pictures of Oakland’s cathedral, YUK!