September Webinar – Case Study of the San Fernando Cathedral

Join us for a webinar on Sep 20, 2016 at 1:00 PM EDT.

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San Fernando Cathedral, photo by James Hundt, RASan Fernando Cathedral is home to the oldest continuously active parish in the State of Texas and the oldest Roman Catholic cathedral/church in continuous operation in the United States. The cathedral is not just the geographic center of the city, but is considered by most San Antonians to be its spiritual center.

The cornerstone of San Fernando Church was laid in 1738 and dedicated in 1755. Construction of the Gothic nave, which removed the original Spanish-Colonial bell tower and nearly two-thirds of the original nave, began in 1868. The church became a cathedral in 1874. In 1999 The Archdiocese of San Antonio began a process of master planning and design for a major rehabilitation and stabilization of the cathedral and the addition of two new structures. Work was completed in 2003.

This webinar, focused primarily on the cathedral building, will take you through the entire process from initial planning to completion of construction and will touch on the many preservation, stabilization, design, liturgical, artistic, acoustical and technological issues faced and solutions incorporated by the design team.

San Fernando has been the recipient of numerous local, state and national design awards including a 2006 AIA / IFRAA Honor Award.

J Heck Photo-smallAbout the presenter: As Senior Vice President and a Principal of Fisher Heck Architects in San Antonio, Texas, Jim oversees all of the firm’s religious architecture projects. A graduate of the Class of 1972 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, Jim moved to San Antonio in 1976. His firm has worked on over 160 church projects of all types, sizes and denominations throughout Texas. The firm was recently honored by the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture with a 2015 Religious Art and Architecture Award for Liturgical/Interior Design for its renovation of St. Monica Catholic Church in Dallas. Jim has been a member of the Association of Consultants for Liturgical Spaces since 2011.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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