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September 13, 2002

Free Reads -- L.A. Cathedral

Friedrich --

Michael S. Rose has come out swinging against contemporary church architecture. (About time someone finally took that fight on.) Why do they look like drive-ins, food courts, and shoeboxes? In "Ugly As Sin," his new book, Rose explains the reasons.

Few new churches have received the kind of ecstatic press that Our Lady of the Angels, the new L.A. cathedral designed by the Spanish modernist Jose Raphael Moneo, is currently getting. Rose has a contrarian's view in the Wall Street Journal, here.

Geometry and Faith?

I haven't seen the finished church myself. Have you? When the Wife and I drove by it during construction, it looked well on its way to resembling a chic parking garage.

[Readers can take a few looks for themselves at the church's website, here.]

Sample passage from Rose:

The building consciously breaks with the historical continuity of two millennia of Catholic church architecture. Instead it pays homage to the past 50 years of banal and uninspiring utilitarian office structures that have littered the landscape of downtown Los Angeles (and many other American cities).



posted by Michael at September 13, 2002


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