Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The Road to March(itecture) Madness

Tuesday, February 26th

As we get closer to the announcement of the tournament bracket on March 1, we are following a few storylines and how they are impacting the selection committee.


This city really does have some fantastic churches of all denominations. But the final bracket of 32 is probably is going to leave a number of potentially worthy candidates out of the post-season. All are currently jockeying for position and trying to stand out for the selection committee.

For instance we have three Gothic Revival churches that think they deserve consideration:

Church of the Immaculate Conception
Location: 30 Guido Street
Completed: 1860
Architect: Louis Picket
Style: Gothic Revival
Individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places

One of the oldest Catholic Churches still in use in Cincinnati and a landmark since it was constructed.
St. Francis DeSales Church
Location: 1600 Madison Road
Completed: 1879
Architect: Francis George Himpler
Style: Gothic Revival
Individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places along with School and Rectory

Considered one of the tallest and finest Gothic Revival churches in Cincinnati, it also houses the largest church bell in the United States and the largest swinging bell ever cast in this country.
Clifton United Methodist Church
Location: 3416 Clifton Avenue
Completed: 1892
Architect: Crapsey & Brown
Style: Gothic Revival with Romanesque Revival
Nominated for the National Register of Historic Places and near the Clifton Avenue National Historic District.

Ok, not as an impressive resume as some but I just like it!
Will they make it in the tournament? Will they get enough votes to possibly sneak in through our "play-in game"? We shall see . . .

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