Monday, June 15


SS. Faith, Hope and Charity, Winnetka, Illinois

I was down in Winnetka north of Chicago some weeks ago, and had a chance to visit the intriguing church of SS. Faith, Hope and Charity, completed in 1962 by architect Edward J. Schulte of Cincinnati. It is a fascinating representation of one strain of Catholic art on the eve of the Council, essentially conservative and traditional in its basic outline, if abstracted and modernistic in many of its details. In a number of respects, the result is somewhat of a period piece, but other aspects of it offer a number of ideas worthy of further exploration and development. Most of all, I appreciate its bold colors, rich gilding, and use of noble materials within this hybrid context.

(Yes, rubber doormats and Latin. It was an interesting time! Nice to see they're still there.)

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