The Priory Chapel located at the Saint Louis Abbey will be a featured building in a course I will be co-teaching with John Guenther, FAIA this spring focused on Mid-Century Modern Architecture in Saint Louis between 1930 and 1970.
|View of interior with central altar and surrounding circular pews. Photograph by Andrew Raimist.|
|A single vault with its own altar and sculptural crucifix. Photograph by Andrew Raimist.|
|The Chapel is set in the verdant landscape of the 150 acre campus. Photograph by Andrew Raimist.|
The arches are arranged in three successive levels. The first series are set at ground level (the surrounding earth is bermed slightly from the landscape). A major circular structural beam of reinforced concrete joins these arches together and forms a base for the second tier of smaller arches which are aligned with those below. These vaults rise to a small ring which supports the bell tower and contains the central skylight.
|The series of vaults are reflected in polished granite. Photograph by Andrew Raimist.|
All photographs copyright © Andrew Raimist 2010.