Posts Tagged ‘doors’

In this case, the devil is NOT in the details!

Thanks to Allan Eckert for this image.


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Thanks to Allan Eckert for these images.

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Thanks to Allan Eckert for the images. See his whole collection here (fixed link 18:40 14-MAR-10).

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Tympanum n., pl. -na [Medieval Latin, from Latin, drum, from Greek tumpanon.] In Architecture:
a. The ornamental recessed space or panel enclosed by the cornices of a triangular pediment.
b. A similar space between an arch and the lintel of a portal or window.

Our new design has three new spaces that we can consider a tympanum. We’re fortunate that we have many examples from history of how various architects/artists filled the space above the doors.


Here are a few examples from classic architecture.

Tympanum of the central bay at the Royal portal of Chartres Cathedral:


The Last Judgment, from the west portal of St. Lazare, Autun, France:

Tympanum: St. Lazare, Autum, last judgement

The Last Judgment, from St. Denis, France:


St. Marks, Venice, Italy:

Saint Mark’s, Philadelphia, USA:

Portal of St. Marks in Philadelphia

Portal of St. Mark's in Philadelphia

Wikipedia has a few more examples here:

UPDATE: More Architecture 101 here:

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On Friday, 14 March, I had a chance to brief the Holy Trinity School Advisory Committee (SAC) on the what the Renovation Committee has been discussing. The SAC members were interested in the progress and the plan, particularly in how remodeling might affect the Mass times for the students, and how our plan would impact the use of the overflow space as a cafeteria.

I asked for suggestions, and the SAC members happily shared their good ideas. Their list of ideas is (hopefully represented correctly) here:

  • Padded seats in the pews
  • Make something marble (in the sanctuary)
  • We need a baptismal font
  • Build out to the west
  • Need more handicapped space in the west parking lot
  • Deal with the acoustic sound in the overflow space
  • Consider adding the same flooring in the overflow that we have in the gym
  • Increase the sound separation between church and overflow
  • Add some security doors so the church can be open during the day
  • Paint the back wall a different color – “we can’t see the Eucharist at the elevation”
  • The cross and triangle design on the ends of the pews is cool and should be retained

Any thoughts on these suggestions?

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