On Monday Bishop Frank Dewane will dedicate the oratory at Ave Maria University.
The first proposal, something of a liturgical greenhouse (Trust me; liturgical progressives don’t build in glass on that scale. It is so square.) has been scaled back in size and partly shifted to stone and steel:
I have to say I’m not impressed with the exterior or computer-generated interior. Steel is a great building material for reinforcing stone and wood. I’m less fond of it for church exterior usage, especially for every view of the building but the one straight-on from the front.
I also confess a curiosity about the long, narrow aspect of the interior. I can appreciate the limited appeal (see: steel) to a traditional architecture. But engineering makes possible an interior expansiveness unknown before the 20th century.
A search for interior images came up empty, except for a computer-generated video on the lower left of the university’s main page. At the bottom of the same page, you can click on a link for the 2PM EDT dedication and see it all unfold.
Meanwhile, if anyone has some interior images in advance, link them in the combox, if you please.