Saint Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco

Saint Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco

One of the architectural highlights of our trip to San Francisco was definitely the Cathedral Saint Mary of the Assumption. Located at the corner of Geary Blvd and Gough St, the cathedral has such a distinctive architecture that you just can’t miss it. It’s on a hill, so it can be seen from many places in the city.

The cathedral was commissioned after the previous cathedral was destroyed by arson in 1962. The new cathedral was blessed in 1971.  Saint Mary of the Assumption was designed by famous architects Pier Luigi Nervi and Pietro Belluschi , in collaboration with local architects John Michael Lee, Paul A. Ryan and Angus McSweeney.

Everything about the Cathedral is interesting and very different from traditional churches, from the materials (uncovered concrete) to shape and design. I was really inspired by this building, and new right away I wanted to go for a long exposure black and white abstract image.

When creating the final image, I focused on making all the different elements of the building work together.  There are several perpendicular lines, that remind me of the Christian cross.

The interiors are quite striking as well. The cathedral is a single large square space, with normal windows in the corners. The ceiling has a pyramid shape and goes all the way to the top of the building. Here are a couple of images that I hope you’ll enjoy as well.

Cross Of Colors | Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption - San Francisco, CA

Cross Of Colors | Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption – San Francisco, CA

Inside Saint Mary | Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption - San Francisco, CA

Inside Saint Mary | Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption – San Francisco, CA

2 Comments

  • Angie October 27, 2015 8:18 am

    These are great! The Cross of Colors is especially fascinating!

    • Michael October 27, 2015 12:50 pm

      Thanks Angie! It’s a beautiful building.

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