Monday, October 16
The ceiling has been redone in red and gold, presumably in honor of the Sacred Heart. Don't worry; that's the old stained glass.
This is a piece of what will be replacing it.
Lift high the cross.
Photo gallery 1 is mostly before pictures, but galleries 2 and 3
have some lovely details of the interior work and facade, and Gallery 4 shows some of the exterior additions, the garden, as well as some finishing details.
Downtown Peoria is home to an impressive share of beautiful Catholic architecture, including St. Martin de Porres, St. Mark's which is the Diocesan Shrine of the Blessed Fra Angelico, and, of course, the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception, which R.A. Cram had a hand in. This is quickly becoming a hot spot for Midwest liturgical tourists (well, most of my friends have stopped by, at any rate).
If you're curious who is responsible for such projects, aside from this guy, these people seem to have their hands in most of the good stuff going on architecturally around here.