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A Light-Filled Cathedral Radiates Hope

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Source: The New York Times

One of only two cathedrals completed this year in the United States, the Cathedral of Christ the Light is a wonder of religious architecture. Designed by Craig Hartman, a partner in the San Francisco office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the $190 million cathedral, which seats 1,300, is a 12-story oval structure. Its light-filled nave, laced together with a web of hidden steel bars, is supported by long timbers of Douglas fir and enclosed by wooden louvers and more than 1,000 panes of glass. The combination of wood, glass, concrete and brushed aluminum somehow creates the sensation of serenity and transcendence.

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