The Cost of Modern Architecture
October 17, 2008
$189.7 million for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles, CA (opened in 2002)
$190 million for the Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, CA (opened in 2008)
This a preliminary architectural rendering. Pics from the completed building can be found here.
The Cost of Classical Architecture:
$23 million for Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel, Thomas Aquinas College, Santa Paula, CA (under construction)
$25 million for Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in La Crosse, WI (opened in 2008)
People don’t know what they’re talking about when they argue against the viability of classical architecture because “it costs too much.” Even with all of the imported Italian marble and thorough craftsman’s detail, the new shrine in La Crosse costs $25 million, while the concrete monstrosities in LA and Oakland cost $190 million each. Ridiculous.
Wondrous and mysterious vs. slick and sanitized — God help us when we choose the latter. Christianity without the cross, now reflected in our architecture.