Stunning: renovation of seminary chapel in St. Louis

From Liturgical Arts Journal/Kenrick-Glennon Seminary

Shown here is the “before” shot. The after” is spectacular.


During 2014 and 2015 a renovation was undertaken — though restoration might be a better word — of St. Joseph’s Chapel at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri; another project coming from McCrery Architects. The project included a new altar, ambo, ciborium and pipe organ, as well as the painting of the apse and chapel ceiling. The new painted details include not only a heavenly canopy of stars and sunbursts, but also damasked wall patterns.

Read on for details about what the chapel looked like before Vatican II, then after, and how it appears today—and you’ll understand why it’s been called a “triumph.”

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