I received a link to an article at Catholic Beat about the slated renovation of the chapel at the University of Dayton.
There are before and after pictures which are striking. The Vandals couldn’t have done a better job of destroying this chapel.
The upcoming renovation is rather strange in some of its aspects. For example, the tabernacle will be removed from sight:
According to the flier put together by concerned students, who say they are not a formal group, the carved wooden altar will be moved toward the transept and the tabernacle will be placed behind it (accessed by a door to be cut in the center of the altar) for a “reservation chapel” with room for a handful of adorers. The walls of the apse will be moved out, requiring the demolition of the painted ceiling and the removal of the wooden pulpit, parts of which will be used to clad a baptismal font. The choir loft will be lowered, and the cast iron pillars holding it up removed, along with the church’s organ.
Have a look at the plans.
I’ll bet that the students would want a restoration rather than a wreckovation.
What the place looked like before the wholesale devastation of the 1970′s.