Thursday, November 16, 2006

The New Stuff

I'm not a huge fan of modern architecture. Anything built after World War II -- or, in architectural terms, after the Art Moderne style -- is generally quite ugly and bland. From time to time, something will stand out to me, but the architecture of the modern era is usually something I can pass by without looking twice.

This is why I rarely photograph "the new stuff." However, here is a blog entry devoted solely to Michigan's architecture of today. Enjoy it -- or not -- though when I photograph modern architecture, I try to make it look as appealing as possible, even when the actual structures stand out like a sore thumb in their surroundings. I will not express my displeasure or approval of the following five buildings -- that is for the reader. It is your duty to weigh these new structures against historic architecture, and draw your own conclusions.

[insert Tom Cruise joke here]

The Radisson Hotel in Kalamazoo.


The planetarium, owned by Delta College, in Bay City.


An office building in Lansing.

Huron Music Wing: Morning

Huron High School in Ann Arbor, built in the late 1960s.

Dentistry building

The University of Michigan's School of Dentistry building in Ann Arbor.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

St. Peter's Cathedral

Marquette is home to the beautiful and historic St. Peter's Cathedral. This church, with its twin domed steeples, sits upon one of the highest points in downtown Marquette and can be seen from afar. The building is lovely both inside and out, and is built from area sandstone.


The inside of the cathedral, looking toward the altar.


Looking toward the choir loft and the organ. The floor is made from beautiful tiles.

St. Peter's Cathedral

The steeples are adorned with colorful terra cotta tiling and stylized angels.

St. Peter's Cathedral

The cornerstone was laid in 1881 following a blaze that destroyed the first cathedral on the spot. A second blaze gutted the cathedral in 1935, but restoration started the following year. The domes were added to the top of the steeples at this time, hence the reason why the figures are depicted in an Art Deco style.

To read a full history of St. Peter's Cathedral, visit this site.