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Joe W> said in April 20th, 2016 at 6:37 pm

I’m happy for the Canons there at St. John Cantius who do a lot of really good work. But an honest person has to realize that though the church is full of pious things, it’s not really great architecture. It’s kind of second rate stuff from the late 19th century by a so-so architect. It’s nice, sure, and would a miracle to build something like that today. But the stained glass is clearly of lesser quality. The statues are largely catalog ordered plaster. The brown and green color scheme is not so hot. The building turns from stone to brick on the sides.
By no means can it compete with the Cathedral in Toledo, Ohio, with its mural program by Felix Lieftuchter, high-quality stone construction, one of a kind statues and superb stained glass. And certainly it cannot compete with the Basilica in Saint Louis, which has the largest collection of mosaics in North America and unbelievable marble work in its high altar. Nor can it compete with the liturgically appropriate mural at the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City. I think SJC had groupies who voted rather than people who understand architecture.

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