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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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!