Wednesday, October 3, 2007

The Shrine Of Christ The King's, New High Alter In Chicago

The future of this historic landmark will be glorious indeed.
Drawing of the future Sanctuary
Using the existing reminders of the interior of the former St. Gelasius, with its Corinthian capitals and high pilasters, the plan will be inspired by Renaissance and Baroque church buildings in Venice and Rome, making of the Shrine a light-flooded hall. Clear lines and solid materials will draw all attention to the Sanctuary with a magnificent high altar. Painted Ceiling as in San Lorenzo in Rome The interior and exterior of the Shrine will show a perfect harmony of late Renaissance and early Baroque beauty. This combination of styles will be at the same time elegant, sober, and awe-inspiring. This is the ideal form for an impressive yet reasonable restoration of the future Shrine. Designer Abbé Alexander Willweber The vision for this restoration has been designed by a professional designer, Abbé Alexander Willweber, whose experience includes the beautiful St. Mary's Restoration in Wausau, Wisconsin. Implementing this vision will be craftsmen and artists from the United States and Europe who will collaborate to bring classical beauty back to this historic building. Classical Architect William C. Heyer The architect in charge of this project is especially suitable. William C. Heyer is a classical architect who has studied the work of St. Gelasius' original architect, the masterful Henry J. Schlacks. Educated at Notre Dame, where Schlacks founded the architecture program, Mr. Heyer has the experience in church restoration and classical architecture necessary to bring this Shrine back to life. The statue that will be placed above the high altar has already been chosen and acquired, thanks to the kindness of a very generous benefactor. Although part of its history is lost, it is certain that this wooden statue dates from the early seventeenth century and was carved by the famous school of early baroque sculptors of Seville, in southern Spain. It would not be too far fetched to imagine that this statue might have been commissioned for one of the Carmelite monasteries of Andalusia, among whom devotion to the Child was popular. The crown and orb (held in the left hand) of the statue are missing and will now have to be supplied, as well as the attendant vestments. The revival of the former St. Gelasius church will also be a great gift to the entire neighborhood and will contribute positively to the thriving Hyde Park and Woodlawn communities in south Chicago. Indeed, this is already happening, as these once dilapidated neighborhoods are now bustling with new and restored homes and condominiums, which themselves have a classical air about them and will blend beautifully with the Shrine.
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