A godly gem in ****’s Kitchen

New York Post | 11/1/2019 | Staff
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“The tall building is itself artistically akin to the tall story,” wrote G.K. Chesterton during his visit to New York City. “The very word skyscraper is an admirable example of an American lie.” The enormous Hudson Yards development is another admirable story of sky-high American ambition. But in the shadows of the tall buildings, Father George W. Rutler, pastor of the newly renovated St. Michael’s Church on West 34th Street, reminds New Yorkers a luxury condo in the sky is not equal to a place in heaven.

And he and the church are a blessing to the newly built-up neighborhood as the winner of the 2019 Stanford White Award for Craftsmanship and Artisanship newly announced by the Institute for Classical Art and Architecture.

St - Michael - Projects - Church - Construction

St. Michael’s is familiar with mega projects. In 1907, the church was relocated to accommodate the construction of the North River Tunnel and Pennsylvania Station. On Easter Sunday this year, Fr. Rutler dedicated a new red oak baldachin as “part of an ongoing project to furnish our church with art and craftsmanship representative of the unsurpassed aesthetic patrimony of Catholicism.”

Inspired by Fr. Rutler’s memories of Oxford University’s Pusey House and designed by local architectural designer Patrick Alles, the carpentry was completed by Mike Cangelosi’s team at JMP Wood and painted by John Ragnatelli and his folks at Architectural Finishers, both in Brooklyn. Parishioner Robert Weiss, a Manhattan flooring contractor, installed the marble floor and steps around the central altar.

Project - Budget - Day - Expenses - Development

The project’s total budget was less than a single day’s expenses for the $25 billion development project nearby.

As Fr. Rutler watches the construction of towers around his parish, he solemnly remembers the day of destruction when tremendous evil brought down the Twin Towers.

Plane - Struck - Downtown - Absolution - Firemen

After the first plane struck, he ran downtown and gave general absolution to the firemen lining up to go...
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