St. Mary’s Cathedral


Date:
1963
Architect:
Belluschi, Pietro
Neighborhood:
Cathedral Hill, San Francisco
Building Type:
Institutional
Address:
1111 Gough Street, San Francisco, California
Current Name:
The Cathedral of Saint Mary
Current Use:
Catholic Cathedral and School
Current Condition:
Excellent
Status:
Not Listed


St. Mary’s is a highly visible local landmark of modern architecture prominently sited on a hilltop west of downtown. The design is a collaboration between regionally and nationally known architect Pietro Belluschi and internationally recognized architect-engineer of thin shell concrete membranes Luigi Nervi. Although churches built in modern styles are common, St. Mary’s is a relatively rare example of modernist ecclesiastical architecture applied on the scale of a cathedral. The dramatic design, dominated by four 190-foot (58m) hyperbolic paraboloids, is notable for its complex structural system executed in clean sculptural forms.

Image credits:
San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library


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