Salt Lake Cathedral receives architectural recognition


Friday 03 December 2021

IC file photo

+ Expand

The Madeleine Cathedral, which was built in 1909 and is registered as a historic site, was named one of Utah’s favorite religious buildings in a survey by the American Institute of Architects Utah Chapter.

By Linda Petersen

Intermountain Catholic

SALT LAKE CITY – The Madeleine Cathedral has been named one of Utah’s favorite religious buildings. The recognition was given by the American Institute of Architects Utah Chapter after voting for its best building survey.

Father Martin Diaz, rector of the cathedral, was not surprised by the price.

“It’s also my favorite building,” he says. “It’s a unique building; it dates from another century and it has held up very well. It is beautiful on the inside. I think it has a real charm. It’s very functional nowadays, but it’s not a modern building in that sense.

The Best Buildings survey recognized 10 iconic Utah construction projects. The survey was commissioned to help mark the organization’s 100th anniversary. Steve Cornell, the former historic architect of the Utah Department of Culture and Community Engagement, listed the 100 potential favorites included in the poll.

AIA Utah has reached out to its members and also collected public comment via social media to determine favorites. Over 400 responses were collected from architects, designers and the public to select winners in 10 different categories from over 100 applicants. Sixty percent of the respondents were in the architectural industry, 40 percent were from the general public.

Other “favorite” categories in the survey were rural buildings, homes, cultural and civic buildings, “weird” buildings, K-12 school buildings, green buildings, high-rise buildings, higher education buildings and sports venues.

In its category, the cathedral competed against several other Utah religious buildings: the Salt Lake Temple, Salt Lake Tabernacle, Manti Temple, St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Box Elder Stake Tabernacle, the Logan Temple, the Logan Tabernacle, Shri Shri Radha Krishna Temple and the Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Assumption.

The Madeleine Cathedral was built in 1909. Built in a so-called transitional style, it features Gothic and Romanesque elements. For the interior of the cathedral, the Right Reverend Joseph S. Glass, Second Bishop of Salt Lake City, commissioned artist Felix Lieftuchter to paint the stunning murals that adorn it today.

The cathedral has undergone several changes over the years, including a two-year renovation project in the early 1990s that included seismic modernization, an interior reconfiguration that moved the altar forward and installed an immersion baptismal font and clean-up. thorough. It was rededicated on February 21, 1993. The cathedral is listed on the Utah Register of Historic Sites and the National Register of Historic Places.

The American Institute of Architects has worked “to improve the quality of life in our country and to protect the health, safety and well-being of the public” for more than 160 years, according to its website. It has over 200 chapters in the United States and abroad.

The organization will send Bro. Diaz a document to certify the honor.


Comments are closed.