Friday, July 22, 2005

New Ave Maria Chapel

Just unveiled: the new design for the oratory to be built at Ave Maria University in Naples, FL.

It probably won't please everybody, but in my opinion it's much better than the first design (which, among other things, had lots of hurricane-prone glass).

The ironic thing is, even though I am pursuing a degree from AMU, I probably will never see this chapel - Naples being a bit of a drive from MN...

(Hat Tip to: Amy Welborn)


At 7/24/2005 2:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there any reason why they chose this design?

At 7/25/2005 7:48 AM, Blogger Daniel said...

According to the article, Thomas Monaghan stated: "The architectural design of the Oratory was initially inspired by Fay Jones’ famous Thorncrown Chapel, which I’ve always admired."

I strongly suspect that, given his role as primary benefactor for AMU, his input was highly valued in the design.

At 7/25/2005 10:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for a good explanation!


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