Saturday, August 30, 2008

Immaculate Conception, Old South End

Before the fire.
Was it a good design? Yes. A great design? No.
Do I wish a lot of the artwork could have been saved for use elsewhere? Absolutely.
Do I think the fire was a blessing in disguise since it paved the way for a truly great design? Frankly, yes. It also saved us the cost of heating that extra twenty feet of height.


Irene said...

What a terrible, terrible loss. I have to disagree with you Jeffrey, the images of the pre-fire church are very imposing -- beyond anything I can think of in Toledo before the cathedral.

Kyle -- ever the diplomat.

ShariYS said...

It is always just so disturbing to see the shattered shell of a burned-out church. Those paintings on the ceiling must've been splendid, regardless of the extra 20 feet. And while the current windows are gorgeous, there's just something about 19th-century windows ...

It really was a terrible loss at the time. Thanks be to God that it was rebuilt so remarkably.