Fr. John Domin
1923 - 2017
Tue 6/13 10:30 am
Architect Dominikus Böhm, 1880-1955, was one of the leading figures of Catholic Church architecture following World War I. Arched façade, circular window, and bell tower were part of the church constructed between 1930-1932.
The arched façade was a distinguishing shape in this early 20th century church.
Circular shape with parabolic vaults are strikingly different from the stark rectangular shapes of earlier churches. Torgerson, in "An Architecture of Immanence", refers to the design as a "series of radiating parabolic vaults in a circular shape".
Brick arched façade with rose windows.
Three of the vaults are visible in this picture of the early 1930s church.
Massiveness of the façade can be envisioned in relation to the door on the lower left.
Multiple arches in rich brick stand out against the dark roof.
This black and white photograph shows, in the distance, the altar located in one of the curved vaults. the curved ambo compliments the design of the arched vaults.
The free-standing altar is raised above the congregation for better visibility and to encourage involvement in the liturgy by the faithful.
Natural light floods the sanctuary and altar.
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