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That they where planning to build? It was big, had a round end, semi-green ish, and it had a bell tower, that was really tall. Anyone remember?

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Are you referring to the Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral in downtown?

If so, I believe they are still raising funds for it. They put an outline on the ground to show how big it will be.

I think the bell tower has been taken off the plan to save costs.

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Are you referring to the Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral in downtown?

If so, I believe they are still raising funds for it.  They put an outline on the ground to show how big it will be.

I think the bell tower has been taken off the plan to save costs.

The BIG cathedral? It was so pretty! Well I am glad someone has some news on it...

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I just heard that groundbreaking on the Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral would be within the next couple of weeks. Can anyone confirm?

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i believe there is a construction fence up around the site now. i've heard that they have scaled down the original plans. the rendering published when it was announced some years back was quite impressive.

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Nice!

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Ah, but it is!

Jan. 31, 2005, 6:46AM

CELEBRATION BY THE FAITHFUL

'A beautiful edifice for downtown'

Archdiocese blesses the site of $32 million house of worship

By RICHARD VARA

Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle

Despite overcast skies and chilling winds, more than 1,200 Roman Catholic clergy and laity turned out Sunday to celebrate a ground blessing for a new $32 million cathedral for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

The event was celebrated with choirs, a brass ensemble and a colorful procession of robed clergy, altar servers and teens carrying banners.

Work is scheduled to begin immediately on the 1,820-seat cathedral, with completion in 28 months.

"I am so grateful that so many of you are here to ask God, with me, to place his particular blessing upon this square block upon which will be built the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart," Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza said.

The cold weather forced a change in the ceremony, which had been planned primarily for the outdoors at the new cathedral site between San Jacinto and Fannin, facing St. Joseph Parkway.

Instead, most of the service was held inside the current co-cathedral, a smaller facility built as a parish church.

Plans for the cathedral were announced in 2001.

Fiorenza said Sunday that he had hoped to be dedicating the cathedral at this time but acknowledged that several events during the four-year capital campaign had intervened and forced a downsizing ofplans.

Link to Chonicle story

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Ah, but it is!

Yeah I just heard that on the news this morning on my way to work. It's about time.

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What was the original capacity for this thing anway?

2200.

I'm glad it's getting built, but for once I wish a major project in this city would swing for the fences in terms of architecture. I suppose the design's pleasant enough, but nothing more. It looks far from memorable, and it will probably remain unknown outside of the city. Time and time again, the kinds of major projects that other cities use to make architectural statements in Houston end up as just, well, mediocre. My Hall of Shame in that regard includes the Wortham, Hobby Center, MFAH addition, and now this thing. Houston used to be thought of as a leader in modern architecture. What happened? For someone who loves architecture, this city sure gets depressing sometimes.

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Wow, 28 months to complete! This is going to be some building. I hope the city follows through on their idea to build a diagonal boulevard that runs from the Cathedral to the convention center. Diagonal boulevards always elicit interesting architecture by necessity (Flatiron Building).

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2200. 

I'm glad it's getting built, but for once I wish a major project in this city would swing for the fences in terms of architecture.  I suppose the design's pleasant enough, but nothing more.  It looks far from memorable, and it will probably remain unknown outside of the city.  Time and time again, the kinds of major projects that other cities use to make architectural statements in Houston end up as just, well, mediocre.  My Hall of Shame in that regard includes the Wortham, Hobby Center, MFAH addition, and now this thing.  Houston used to be thought of as a leader in modern architecture.  What happened?  For someone who loves architecture, this city sure gets depressing sometimes.

Why did they scale it back? And what the hell does the mayor think he's doing? Instead of focusing on towing ppls cars he should be working on making downtown more livable....

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Wow, 28 months to complete! This is going to be some building. I hope the city follows through on their idea to build a diagonal boulevard that runs from the Cathedral to the convention center. Diagonal boulevards always elicit interesting architecture by necessity (Flatiron Building).

That diagonal street will never happen. Not only will the city bungle all of its finances but most of the drivers here will end up crashing into each other. Forget it dude...

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I'm so happy that this is being built. I grew up in South Lousiaiana were cathedrals and catholic churches were the center of the city. In my home town of about 30,000 we had a co-Cathedral like Houston. We shared the head of the diocese with a neighboring town. The cathedral in our city was designed to be very old looking with many influences of french cathedrals. A strange coincidence that the cathedral in my home town and the one in Houston are both St. Joseph.

I like the italian style that the one being build in Houston will carry with the bell tower off to the side.

The new building seems to have a lot of modern touches. This offends some people, but i like it. It helps bring the church into modern times. In 100 or 200 years from now it will be old and a classic too.

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It is scaled back because of a lack of funding and support.

It really isn't a great time for the Catholic Church right now, especially when trying to raise money in light of the HUGE settlement payments being made to all the victims in the child molestation cases.

It's really that simple.

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That would be pretty neat if they did have a diagonal boulevard in Houston. I've always thought it would be awesome to have a Flatiron building in the city.

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Top Ten Changes Made for Downsized Cathedral

10. Pews to be made of particle-board and veneer.

9. Chalices will feature unbreakable "flexi-stem" technology by Rubbermaid.

8. No Brita for Holy Water.

7. Pipe organ plans scrapped in favor of Kawasaki XL9000 "Symphony in One" keyboard.

6. Stained glass designs changed from Gothic to Minimalist.

5. Expensive, closed-in confessionals abandoned for contemporary "open air" booth format.

4. Contract for "fruit of the vine" awarded to Franzia.

3. Multiple dipping bowls for Holy Water scrapped in favor of one central, "mingle and meet" location.

2. Standard portrait of Pope John Paul II not ordered; odds on pontiff's health apparently lose out against 28 month construction period.

1. Air conditioning systems to be turned off on confession nights. The word from the bishop: "Make 'em sweat."

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Top Ten Changes Made for Downsized Cathedral

10. Pews to be made of particle-board and veneer.

9. Chalices will feature unbreakable "flexi-stem" technology by Rubbermaid.

8. No Brita for Holy Water.

7. Pipe organ plans scrapped in favor of Kawasaki XL9000 "Symphony in One" keyboard.

6. Stained glass designs changed from Gothic to Minimalist.

5. Expensive, closed-in confessionals abandoned for contemporary "open air" booth format.

4. Contract for "fruit of the vine" awarded to Franzia.

3. Multiple dipping bowls for Holy Water scrapped in favor of one central, "mingle and meet" location.

2. Standard portrait of Pope John Paul II not ordered; odds on pontiff's health apparently lose out against 28 month construction period.

1. Air conditioning systems to be turned off on confession nights.  The word from the bishop: "Make 'em sweat."

sniggle snort. :lol:

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From my vantage point at work I can make out bulldozers beginning to move earth on this lot. Not sure if this means the project is in full swing yet, but at least something is going on.

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Top Ten Changes Made for Downsized Cathedral

10. Pews to be made of particle-board and veneer.

9. Chalices will feature unbreakable "flexi-stem" technology by Rubbermaid.

8. No Brita for Holy Water.

7. Pipe organ plans scrapped in favor of Kawasaki XL9000 "Symphony in One" keyboard.

6. Stained glass designs changed from Gothic to Minimalist.

5. Expensive, closed-in confessionals abandoned for contemporary "open air" booth format.

4. Contract for "fruit of the vine" awarded to Franzia.

3. Multiple dipping bowls for Holy Water scrapped in favor of one central, "mingle and meet" location.

2. Standard portrait of Pope John Paul II not ordered; odds on pontiff's health apparently lose out against 28 month construction period.

1. Air conditioning systems to be turned off on confession nights.  The word from the bishop: "Make 'em sweat."

That roofles my toofles!!!

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Can't wait to see it progress and how it turns out in the end. Hopefully it is really nice.

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Can't wait to see it progress and how it turns out in the end. Hopefully it is really nice.

Any progress on this? Curious if anyone has photos. I know its too soon but it will be an interesting building nonetheless.

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Are you referring to the Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral in downtown?

If so, I believe they are still raising funds for it. They put an outline on the ground to show how big it will be.

I think the bell tower has been taken off the plan to save costs.

"Our Lady of 115th Street".

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This will be beautiful, but that Amegy Bank building and all the post modern crap will steal from its glory. Atleast during the day.

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Are they still going to build "Cathedral Square" on the block that will be vacated when they tear down the old church across the street? I haven't heard any news on it, or seen any renderings.

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Some hopeful news in today's Chronicle regarding the old cathedral building. It says they are considering possibly using it as a parish hall. So, there may be hope that it won't be torn down after all.

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I saw on Ch 13 yesterday that the dome was placed atop the structure.

Yeah I saw that too

I heard that they are considering NOT knocking over the current Co-Cathedral. That it may be used as a hall for the church. I guess there was a lot of opposition to getting rid of it.

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