March 2017

Architecture: People

 

Joseph W. McCarthyJoseph McMarthy

Architect Joseph W. McCarthy(b. June 22, 1884 - d. July 26, 1965), was an architect in the early 20th century and was most noted for his work on Catholic churches, especially in Chicago. He designed St. Sabina Church in the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood, Saint Philip Neri Church in the South Shore neighborhood as well as the 15 story-tall skyscraper at Mundelein College (now a part of Loyola University) and the rectory of Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral. Before becoming an architect, he worked 8 years as an apprentice in the office of the great Chicago planner, Daniel Burnham

 
 

Fr. Gregory Gerrer

Fr. Gregory Gerrer, O.S.B.

Fr. Gregory Gerrer, O.S.B. (b. July 23, 1867 - d. August 24, 1946), a Benedictine monk of St. Gregory's Abbey in Shawnee, Oklahoma was commission to created the "Stations of the Cross" paintings for Corpus Christi Church. Born originally as Robert, in mid January of 1892, Robert received the Benedictine habit, and was given the religious name of "Gregory."

In the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, he won a bronze medal for his painting of Pope Pius X. That painting is exhibited in the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art on the campus of St. Gregory's University in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

 
 

F. X. Zettler and the Royal Bavarian Art Institute for Stained Glass

After training at Ludwig College and Art School, Franz Xavier Zettler (b. 1841- d. 1916) joined Franz Mayer & Co. in 1863 as art director. In 1870 he founded his own studio, and in 1873, under the patronage of King Ludwig II, the studio was renamed the Royal Bavarian Art Institute for Pictorial Painting on Glass. Zettler's firm helped to perfect the "Munich Style" windows that feature richly detailed settings and exquisitely painted figures. At the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, a Zettler window won top prize over a Tiffany!

 

 

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