“Thomas Gordon Smith, working in an era when the design of Catholic churches ranged from the beautiful to the banal, was one architect who thought that the good, the true and the beautiful should be the authentic expression of church design.
Professor emeritus and former chairman of the School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame, Smith is best known as a bold pioneer of the late 20th- and 21st-century revival of classical architecture, especially in the design of churches. On June 23, Smith, a Catholic father and husband, died at the age of 73.
Smith was as well known for his gentle demeanor and gentlemanly manners as he was for his ubiquitous bow tie and horn-rim glasses. But his work — including prominent Catholic churches in the United States — reveals a bold and radically traditional vision of beauty in building design.
While Smith designed many private residences and public projects throughout the United States, he is best known in Catholic circles for Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) in Denton, Nebraska, and Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey, a Benedictine monastery near Tulsa, Oklahoma. Other projects include church renovations and master plans for churches throughout the U.S.”
Say a decade for Mr. Smith, who brought dignity, tradition, and Faith, back into Catholic architecture in America.
Immaculate Conception, Patroness of America, ora pro nobis!