FOR A UNIQUE CHURCH
A presentation on the design and construction
of St. Louis Priory Church
was held Thursday evening inside the church,
as it celebrated its 50th birthday.
The very special presenters were
the original architect, Gyo Obata
(founder of HOK, Hellmuth Obata & Kassabaum),
and original headmaster, Fr. Timothy Horner
(founder of St. Louis Priory School, St. Louis,
a Benedictine monastery and school founded in 1956.)
The unique design and construction
of the church was the first use of thin shell concrete
which was sprayed on a wooden frame.
The architectural form of the church is also
its structural frame, with parabolic fiber windows.
The design creates amazing light and acoustics.
It was a thrill for this blogger to be on hand,
as I was a student at this school,
and Fr. Timothy a friend and teacher.