Image courtesy The Good Reverend
From the mailbag:
Just for fun I think The Church Project should visit the Episcopal Cathedral at 38th and
. I've deemed the renovation there as Neo-Gothic meets Ikea. Pretty bizarre. My pretty liberal pastor (not to be mentioned please) laments how they ruined it.Good lord.
Not the first person to suggest the Episcopal Cathedral, and probably not the last. Is the Project's time really so worthless as to waste on a space like this one?
For those unfamiliar with the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, it's a handsome Gothic structure first built in 1898 and rebuilt in 1906 after a fire. It chugged along beautifully until 1999, when the Powers That Be felt it necessary to completely redesign the entire space.
The results, finished in 2002, showcase a classic building stripped of its ornate, timeless decor and replaced it with tacky modern furnishings. I've panned St. Stephen for doing the same thing, but they've got nothing on this group. Neo-Gothic meets IKEA indeed. Hell, even Pimp My Church barely covers it.
This sort of thing naturally makes the Project go all twitchy and start to foam at the mouth, so the less time I spend discussing it, the better. But I will just say this, with every ounce of contempt I can muster:
Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, you're a bunch of !%@$@!&. As is anyone else who gets the bright idea to do something similar. You can rationalize it all you want, but it's still an incredibly stupid thing to do, and it'll earn you scorn, derision, and a crowbar with your name on it.
(Ok, maybe not a crowbar. But scorn and derision, certainly.)
Who knows, one day we may go there, just for %!$%@# and giggles. But until that wonderful, imaginary time when we can piss away a Sunday and think nothing of it, there are far better things with which to occupy us.