Sunday, June 20, 2010
The Philadelphia Church Project's Bottom 10: #6
The carnival of lost souls spins on, this time taking us to the Lawncrest section of Northeast Philadelphia:
#6: St. William
Why They're Here:
Because few church experiences were more disappointing, that's why. St. William is an old parish--founded 1920--but due to numerous reasons, they didn't get their act together and finish the damn church until 1963, by which time we were left with a spartan monstrosity. Bland, modern and generally uninspired upper and lower churches. The Project wants results, not excuses, and they failed on almost every front.
Their inability to get the job done is strike one; the results once they did are strike two; and my disappointment upon seeing it (contrary to the glowing things I'd heard) is strike three; they're out.
Why They're Not Lower:
The size and scope aren't bad, and the Italian-Renaissance-ish exterior is fairly impressive. Not much to write home about, but still better than what's to follow.