Grace Cathedraw Art
Although the San Francisco area is home to a number of significant architectural masterpieces, the Grace Cathedral stands out not only as an architectural marvel but also the home of art and culture in the city. An analysis of the building involves a case study of the inspirations that influenced modern architecture. The history of the building is intertwined with the history of the city since it was constructed during the 1849 Gold Rush that characterized the rise of the city.
The architecture and fabric that has been implemented in the building demonstrates the generosity of donors. In addition, they signify the deliberate approach that has been put into constructing the building. For example, the stained glass has 68 windows that cover an amazing 7,290 square feet. In addition, its main doors are replicas of the famous doors that were created by Renaissance architectural master, Lorenzo Ghiberti. The building has an internal and external labyrinth. Iconic buildings inspire trends within and outside the local community. Similarly, the labyrinth has inspired lifestyle trends in North America and the rest of the world (Kujawa-Holbrook 121).
The building has three organs, the majestic 7,466 pipe, Eolian-Skinner and a 44 bell carillon. The pipe are used during the musical and art performances in the building while the bell is perhaps a remainder of its religious inspiration. In addition, they also demonstrate its status as the city’s arts and cultural center.
In conclusion, it is evident that the Grace Cathedral building is an architectural masterpiece. The arts and cultural center pays homage to the Renaissance era while serving the needs of a modern San Francisco society. Furthermore, its location near the South Shoulder of the Nob Hill serves to add to its magnificence. As a result, the building is not only a defining San Francisco landmark but adds a lot of beauty to the city landscape.
Kujawa-Holbrook, Sheryl A. Pilgrimage-the Sacred Art: Journey to the Center of the Heart. , 2013. Print.