Friday, July 13, 2007

Craig Hamilton and St. Rita's Chapel

I recently ran across the work of Craig Hamilton, a very talented classical architect based in Wales who recently completed a remarkably ingenious private chapel to St. Rita on an estate in Scotland. The design shows a sophisticated use of space and precedent, mixing elements of Michelangelesque classicism with some native nods to English designers such as Dance and Soane, all handled with a very evident belief in the sacredness of the space. The exterior also features a bronze sculpture of St. Rita by renowned sculptor Alexander Stoddart. I have seen very little press on this unjustifiably neglected architect in the United States, and would be exceedingly glad of any further information.

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