Friday, July 2, 2010
The Philadelphia Church Project's Bottom 10: #5
Now we get to the fun part. The bottom five--the worst of the worst. Which churches will have the inglorious honor of appearing on this list?
To answer, let's start with a neighborhood that succeeds in almost every area except the one that counts: church architecture. I'm speaking, of course, about Chestnut Hill.
#5: Our Mother of Consolation
Why They're Here:
Unimpressive size and bland ornamentation (or none at all). Our Mother of Consolation (OMC) is pretty much a failure on all architecture levels. Hard to believe this is actually six years younger than Assumption BVM, no?
Why They're Not Lower:
They've got cojones. The church is unimpressive by design; it was built that way to fool the neighbors, who didn't want a Roman Catholic church as a neighbor. The Project appreciates the audacity of the tactic, and we reward them by not making them #1. But there's really no way we can leave it off the list.