Wreckovation and renovation


There is this great article that I just found out in the website NewLiturgicalMovement

Wreckovation and Renovation

There are too many pictures and some videos that I cannot embed in the post but you can check them out if you click on the link.

The Church of the Holy Name of Jesus in the Windsor Terrace neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, has begun the process of undoing the comically awful wreckovation to which it was subjected in 1980. Built and consecrated in 1878, the church’s original sanctuary looked like this. (Photographs from the parish’s facebook page.) The first shows the original altar during a wedding, the second gives a better idea of the paintings on the back wall behind it.

No one will be surprised to hear that the comments on the facebook page linked above are overwhelming positive in favor of the proposed restoration. The administrator of Holy Name, Fr. Jim Cunningham, notes in the video below that the new arrangement of seven large… things sticking out of the floor reminded a lot of people of the transporter room on the USS Enterprise. (They were supposed, somehow, to represent the Seven Sacraments.) Towards the end of the video, he bravely demonstrates for the viewer the shabbiness of modern building materials.

Fr. Cunningham explains here that the Diocese of Brooklyn has donated to Holy Name an altar designed by the famous architect James Renwick, Jr. It was originally intended for St. Patrick’s Cathedral, but proved to be too large, and was therefore installed in St. Vincent de Paul, a recently closed parish in the Williamsburg neighborhood

The parish’s website has extensive documentation of the project, which will also see the renovation of several other parts of the church, including the baptismal font and the stained-glass windows. It has also been covered by the N.Y. Daily News. Congratulations to Fr. Cunningham, to all of the parish staff, and to His Excellency Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, for undertaking this beautiful and much-needed restoration. And likewise, kudos to the faithful who have superabundantly provided the funds needed to restore their church!


WOW! It was a beautiful church and what happened to it in the 80’s breaks my heart. I’m happy that there will be a restoration to something much closer to the original.

Our church building is about 100 years old. Our priest has been renovating sections here and there, but always in line with the architecture and it’s very difficult to tell which parts are new and which original. Bless him! I’d hate to see our church “modernized”.


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