Wednesday, March 3


Toledo Cathedral (No, the Other One)

Another brilliant example of underappreciated early twentieth-century liturgical work, Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary in Toledo, Ohio, is the work of one William Perry, of Pittsburgh, and was begun during the tenure of Samuel Cardinal Stritch. It is frequently described as Plateresque in style, the Spanish architectural mode thought to resemble the delicacy of early Renaissance silverwork, though to me it looks more straightforwardly Cram-and-Goodhue Gothic with a few Romanesque and Hispanic flourishes. It is, however, quite stunning, and features an interior robed in murals even more brilliant than that of St. Joseph Cathedral which we chronicled below. Here are some great photos from

(NB: Someone seems to inexplicably placed the font where the high altar used to be, but, of course, this was not the original layout.)

And here is an exterior, from user erozier2:

What is particularly fascinating is the image above was created by running an ordinary photo through a computer program to reduce the distorting perspectival effects of shooting from the ground up. More on this technique can be seen here, in an item written by the photographer himself.

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