Marian Chapel


The light is the single device used to convey the spatial intention. As a smaller space within the whole of the cathedral, the immediate darkness of the space relative to the cathedral is the initial impact. Immediately, however, upon crossing the threshold of the chapel one is enveloped in a flied of light very different from the quality of lighting directly outside the space. The field of light hovers directly around the figure entering, arcing out from the walls, creating a halo of light above one, swelling in at the undulating handrail.

E.J Potente, Sr. Liturgical Design Competition, Grand Prize Award, awarded by the National Liturgical Conference, for the St. James Cathedral.
AIA Northwest and Pacific Region Design Award for Merit, for St. James Cathedral.
AIA National Religious Art and Architecture Design Award, The Marian Chapel.
AIA Seattle Honor Awards for Washington: Award of Merit, St. James Cathedral.
National Trust for Historic Preservation: National Preservation Honor Award, St. James Cathedral.
Washington Trust for Historic Preservation: Preservation of Historic Resources Award, St. James Cathedral.
AIA Religious Art and Architecture Design Award, St. James Cathedral
Interiors Magazine Public Spaces Honorable Mention Award., St. James Cathedral

INSPIRED, by Rick Grant, photography by Lara Swimmer, 2013, (Documentary Media, Seattle, WA)
“Delight. This Finely Judges Sensuous Scheme…,” by Annette Lecuyer, Architectural Review, November 1997, vol. 202, no. 1209: Art/Industry in USA, p 98.
House of Heaven, Gate of Heaven, ed. Jackie Ryan, 2000, (Seattle).
“1996 AIA Art and Architecture Awards,” in Faith and Form, Spring/Summer 1996, vol. 29, pgs. 13,23.
“The unfinished symphony of St. James Cathedral”, by Michael G. Ryan, The Seattle Times, pg. B5.
“The Soul of the Renovated St. James: Book shows cathedral’s restoration and its soul”, The Seattle Times, April 20, 2000, pgs. E1-2.
“Mary lives on and thrives”, front page picture of The Marian Chapel, Christmas Day, by Sally McDonald, The Seattle Times”, December 25, 1999.
“A New Season of Peace and Light”, Daily Journal of Commerce, December 13, 1995, pg. 2-3.
“Design awards fete lacking in unusual accolades”, Oct. 26, 1995, Seattle PI, pg. D2