Tuesday, September 11, 2007

La Crosse Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe

My family visited the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe two weeks ago. Notre Dame Professor Duncan Stroik and company designed the place, while local architects and builders are making it the splendid structure you see here.

Sister Christa Marie, FSGM, showed us around the building site. We had breakfast at the reception hall, which was very good. This is the first installation of stained glass

The dome is pretty well finished. Much of the painting is also complete.

July 31, 2008 is the planned opening date.

This is an awesome project. I encourage anyone interested to travel to LaCrosse to take a look, leave a donation, and enjoy the prayerful setting.


Mark Scott Abeln said...

I gotta go! Looks great.

Anonymous said...

well, its competent, but a bit lifeless. Classical architecture is something which I am eager to see promoted, but 19th century revival as shown here is not really very inspiring. There has to be something better than this.

JB Powers said...


Have at it.

There is a lot of opportunity for traditional architecture in traditional settings.

However, I take issue with the term lifeless. It is hard to characterize a place not open yet, that has people lined up at 8AM on a Saturday morning as lifeless.