Sir George Gilbert Scott, RIP

March 27 is the death day of British Gothic Revival architect, Sir George Gilbert Scott. This is a good day to remind ourselves of the architectural component of the Patrimony: Pugin; Butterfield; Cram; BakerLuytensComper; and Travers, to name a few of the most prominent, something of which this fine blogpost by Rick Yoder reminds us. Most of our communities may not be in a position to consider this an immediate issue – and if needed, there are folk like Cram and Ferguson about. Neverthless, please God a day shall come when there is again a huge demand for this particular of our gifts. In the meantime, cultivating knowledge of what was shall help us prepare for what shall be.

3 thoughts on “Sir George Gilbert Scott, RIP

  1. Perhaps I could add to the list the name of Temple Lushington Moore. He was later than some of the others, but began under Scott. He – in my opinion – produced English Gothic of a very beautiful design – often Perpendicular. His buildings deserve to be better known, and his Church of St Wilfrid, Harrogate, is simply stunning.

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  2. There are several significant elements of Anglican patrimony that seem not to come up very often in the discussion of the subject. One is the collection of saints who are of particular importance to the English church, many of whom have found their places in the proper calendars of the three ordinariates. Along with this, there are particular titles of Mary — Our Lady of Glastonbury, Our Lady of Walsingham, etc. And, related to this, there’s a particular tradition of naming churches under titles that are not common in the Catholic tradition — Trinity Church, Christ Church, etc.

    This subject got me thinking about the renovation of the former “Crystal Cathedral” built by the late televangelist Dr. Robert Schuller of the Reformed Church into a new cathedral for the Catholic Diocese of Orange (California). The chosen title for the renovated building, with the Vatican’s explicit approval, is Christ Cathedral — a decidedly Anglican name. The whole campus is known for noteworthy architecture, albeit of very contemporary in style, and the renovation/restoration work is striving to preserve this and to be true, in so far as possible, to Dr. Schuller’s original vision. Many of the ministries of outreach started by Dr. Schuller are continuing under the auspices of Catholic Charities of the diocese. Sure, it’s neither Anglican in its roots nor related to the ordinariates, but it does bespeak what Anglican patrimony gets right.


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  3. You should not omit William Wardell, a friend of Pugin and convert in 1843, whose gothic revival and classical architecture stands prominently in Melbourne and Sydney Australia.

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