Modern Church Architecture: the Best and the Worst
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A change to my regular misery posts of late.

For all the aesthetes here at Fisheaters. Please share your own personal favourites... and personal nightmares.

Look at these gorgeous Art Deco church's. All the elegance and flamboyance of the Gothic Revial of the 19th century in harmony with all the vitality of the early 20th century. This architectural language lends itself fabulously to traditional forms, just as neo-Gothic and Baroque did in the two centuries before. 

http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thecityreview.com%2Fues%2Ffifave%2Fheavrest.gif&imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thecityreview.com%2Fues%2Ffifave%2Fheavrest.html&h=360&w=480&tbnid=JMR7GiBIgQH_lM%3A&zoom=1&docid=jYVT5pPx6K2kPM&ei=8t8xVJDZB47latOkgdAG&tbm=isch&ved=0CCoQMygJMAk&iact=rc&uact=3&dur=1952&page=1&start=0&ndsp=34
A touch of Gothic in the above example. Combining grandeur and austerity, elegance and simplicity.

https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&docid=OO-5QxIloAYyjM&tbnid=gUgmrgNQIdeEYM:&ved=0CAcQjRw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fhistoricbuildingsct.com%2F%3Fcat%3D223%26paged%3D2&ei=dOkxVOzsNNHzapm1gsgM&bvm=bv.76802529,d.d2s&psig=AFQjCNEP0T9aHjtqDmHswjO1APnTvXNBFw&ust=1412641138792042
Above we get a similar affect.

https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&docid=nJMlj6H3diRvzM&tbnid=N4itzMmI8eSjKM:&ved=0CAcQjRw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tripadvisor.com%2FAttraction_Review-g188644-d245717-Reviews-Basilica_of_the_Sacred_Heart-Brussels.html&ei=aPExVIKlIo3XarOSgXg&bvm=bv.76802529,d.d2s&psig=AFQjCNEW5h-jVMcG03Gealkio67sFL71dA&ust=1412645603206459
Above. Now we have crossed the Atlantic. Resembles a Baroque basilica.

http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.higheraccess.co.uk%2Fassets%2Fuploads%2Fb3078-Anglican-Cathedral.jpg&imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Fgold-plated.info%2FLiverpool-Cathedral&h=400&w=600&tbnid=6PCChUus3d_9BM%3A&zoom=1&docid=Brwk92vNS7sDPM&ei=PeoxVI-GN9DTaPidgMgH&tbm=isch&ved=0CCEQMygCMAI&iact=rc&uact=3&dur=414&page=1&start=0&ndsp=30
Above. Finally, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral (as designed by a Catholic). A medieval homage on a 20th century scale (this is the largest Cathedral in the British Isles, fifth in Europe)

Now. For the nightmares...

Below. Liverpool Catholic Cathedral (as designed by an Anglican). Commonly known as Paddy's Wigwam (Liverpool has a big Irish diaspora), or as I like to call it, the Holy Tipi

http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Feliinbar.files.wordpress.com%2F2011%2F01%2Frc1.jpg&imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Farchidialog.com%2Ftag%2Fthe-metropolitan-cathedral-of-liverpool%2F&h=480&w=640&tbnid=6sHgc8JVmwBS5M%3A&zoom=1&docid=SrUGX9jdVRPAJM&ei=lesxVJytGtjxarDogZgK&tbm=isch&ved=0CDEQMygGMAY&iact=rc&uact=3&dur=453&page=1&start=0&ndsp=20
This thread could not be without the 'Taj Mahony', so lovingly called by my American cousins

http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fimages.travelpod.com%2Ftw_slides%2Fta00%2Fa06%2F54c%2Fcathedral-of-our-lady-of-the-angels-la-cathedral-of-our-lady-of-the-angels-los-angeles-los-angeles.jpg&imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Ftripwow.tripadvisor.com%2Ftripwow%2Fta-00a0-6e98-abfd&h=367&w=550&tbnid=vWB2D-Xu3KXzJM%3A&zoom=1&docid=LuYOQDBfg3yShM&ei=AewxVITJDcreaPCxgdAI&tbm=isch&ved=0CCEQMygCMAI&iact=rc&uact=3&dur=560&page=1&start=0&ndsp=27

This one is kind of sweet

http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theblaze.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2013%2F03%2Fchurch.png&imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theblaze.com%2Fstories%2F2013%2F03%2F04%2Fdoes-this-church-really-look-like-a-chicken-theres-an-actual-debate-about-it%2F&h=364&w=436&tbnid=tYZvJLRcYxIM7M%3A&zoom=1&docid=D57xegZ7D3X26M&ei=KOwxVNLnJtHtao6SgoAH&tbm=isch&ved=0CB8QMygAMAA&iact=rc&uact=3&dur=15380&page=1&start=0&ndsp=31
This was going to be given by the English and Welsh bishops as a present to the Anglican Ordinariate, as it was seen fit to be their new 'principle Church'. Bit of a nasty joke really. Eventually they were given the old Portuguese embassy chapel in Soho Westminster (infamous for its former LBT Masses). British  Catholic journalist Damian Thompson described this as a cross between a "public toilet and a Christian Science reading room".

http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fblogs.telegraph.co.uk%2Fnews%2Ffiles%2F2011%2F03%2FScreen-shot-2011-03-15-at-16.02.28.png&imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Fblogs.telegraph.co.uk%2Fnews%2Fdamianthompson%2F100079958%2Flook-at-this-revolting-building-and-guess-what-the-catholic-bishops-are-thinking-of-doing-with-it%2F&h=310&w=460&tbnid=Th0EleTqpfMKkM%3A&zoom=1&docid=GT3ma3epyQ5A8M&ei=HeQxVNnMA5LWatrZgYAI&tbm=isch&ved=0CCwQMygLMAs&iact=rc&uact=3&dur=460&page=1&start=0&ndsp=28



There are numerous examples for both categories. I leave it up to you. Lets try and find some really beautiful examples of traditional churches in modern styles.
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Can a moderator please help me to make these images visible. 
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#3
Nice pix.
I really like the one on 5th Ave., close to where I grew up.
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I am very disappointed at the lack of enthusiasm for this thread. Perhaps people are not as obsessed with Church architecture as I am. It would help if I had been able to make-visible the images.
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#5
My child, there is plenty of interest here, as well as support for you. You need to be patient.

Use the following code, without the spaces:

Before the image link:  [ img ]

After the link:  [ / img ]

So, for your first image, try this with the following link:  http://www.thecityreview.com/ues/fifave/heavrest.gif

I demonstrate this below.
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#6
God bless you. Maybe just post a little at a time. so many links in one place is perhaps a little daunting.
Oh my Jesus, I surrender myself to you. Take care of everything.--Fr Dolindo Ruotolo

Persevere..Eucharist, Holy Rosary, Brown Scapular, Confession. You will win.
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Eh? Ah, there tis.
Oh my Jesus, I surrender myself to you. Take care of everything.--Fr Dolindo Ruotolo

Persevere..Eucharist, Holy Rosary, Brown Scapular, Confession. You will win.
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#9
I very much enjoy looking at Church architecture such as the pictures you have posted. However this subject also somewhat bothersome for me when Churches like this

Holy Trinity - Boston

are being closed and sold even though orders like the FSSP and ICKSP have requested to take over the property and restore at no cost to the archdiocese...
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(10-06-2014, 07:15 PM)Miles Immaculatae Wrote: I am very disappointed at the lack of enthusiasm for this thread. Perhaps people are not as obsessed with Church architecture as I am.

We've had lots of threads on church architecture in the past: the good, the bad and the ugly. I think I copied an article from Fr. Longenecker on the subject just a month or so ago.
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