The Royal Presidio Chapel in Monterey, CA – a Spanish Colonial-style structure originally built in 1793 – was restored from 1993 to 2009. The National Historic Landmark underwent seismic reinforcement, which exposed many interesting finds, such as 3,500 artifacts and a vibrant original interior decorative scheme. All photos: courtesy of Page & Turnbull, Inc.

4 Church Restorations

Historic church restoration is on the rise. Take a look at these four recent projects.
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WWCD: What Would Corbu Do?

Architects in search of beauty might ask WWPD - What Would Palladio Do - instead of What Would Corbu Do.
Masons removed inappropriate Portland cement plaster from the exterior and re-pointed the original stone rubble masonry. Lime plaster renders were then applied to the walls. New flashing and roof drainage were installed to improve drainage.

Small Blessings

Hadiya Strasberg takes a look at the restoration of a gorgeous cathedral in the west. 
After standing nearly a century, but falling into disuse, the solid-brick Uintah Stake Tabernacle was upgraded and converted into the Vernal Utah Temple – at the time the only temple to be created in the space of a former tabernacle. Photo: Douglas Kahn and LDS Church

Designing for the Spiritual

From tabernacles and temples to office space and adaptive reuse, FFKR's practice has always been diverse. By Gordon Bock Religious buildings have been amon
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Learning from Ralph Adams Cram

Ethan Anthony pays homage to Ralph Adams Cram.
In charting the geometric underpinnings of Florence’s Santa Maria Novella Church, designed by architect Leon Battista Alberti in the late-15th century, author Robert McNamara argues for Classical proportions as “a philosophy of the nature of things,” which complements Catholic beliefs.

Building Beauty, Truth and Goodness

Nicole V. Gagné reviews Catholic Church Architecture and the Spirit of the Liturgy.
In addition to ground plans, the author provides a series of smaller photos that delineate the “walls” of these outdoor rooms. This photo – in conjunction with the ground plan – shows how designers of Venice’s Piazza San Marco (as seen from the front of St. Mark’s) used forced perspective to exaggerate the length of the square.

An Architect Picks Top 40 Public Squares

Clem Labine reviews Great Public Squares: An Architect's Selection.
The New Kent Winery in New Kent County, VA, used mostly reclaimed building materials to reflect the historic agricultural atmosphere of the region; as the first project of a planned unit development, the winery sets the architectural tone for future buildings. Photo: courtesy of New Kent Winery

Fine Winery

Annabel Hsin walks us through a scenic countryside culminating in a wondrous winery full of exquisite tastes.
Upon completion, the mural’s 75 pieces were transported from EverGreene’s studio and fitted together on-site.

Empire Strikes Back

The Empire State Building soars to new heights while respecting its Art Deco roots. 
The grand foyer features a custom mural at the west wall above the entry doors. The original – designed by Rambusch Studios – was either removed or never installed. The Classical-style pastoral scene was re-created by New York City-based muralist Mason Nye from a 1930 black-and-white Rambusch advertisement.

New Beacon Shines Brightly

An old theater gets a new coat of paint (and more!) as new life is breathed into this historic landmark.
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