The Diocese of Orange commissioned SOM Design Partner Craig W. Hartman, KSS FAIA, to design its first purpose-built permanent cathedral. Hartman led the design of Oakland's Cathedral of Christ the Light. For this service Pope Benedict XVI created the architect a Knight of the Order of Saint Sylveter. The Oakland cathedral is such as strong design and an idiosyncratic object that it is difficult to know what to expect from this project. It is in some ways analogous to the proverbially difficult sophomore album, and we will certainly follow the progress with great interest. With potentially two major west coast cathedrals under his belt and the Papal knighthood, Hartman will certainly cement himself as a leading figure in American Catholic church architecture.
AWN Pugin at 200: Gothic Revival in the 21st Century (Part 2)
On the Propriety of Gothic Revival for Contemporary Worship Patterns, or, The Dream of the 1890s is Alive in Portland. Wherein we examine the basis for Pugin's arguments, the relationship between formal building expression and formal worship expression, and three examples of contemporary worship occurring in Gothic Revival buildings.