Peninsula Architects collaborates with Eugene Daub at St. Mary Church
Hudson — St. Mary Church has a new entrance designed by Peninsula Architects, complete with new doors with bronze bas-relief panels created by artist Eugene Daub.
The new entrance at St. Mary Catholic Church, 340 N. Main St., was blessed June 21 by Father Ed Kordas before the 11:30 a.m. Mass.
“The artistic value is a huge enhancement to the parish and hopefully a contribution to the community,” the Rev. Kordas said.
The new ceremonial wood doors and two smaller wood and glass doors replace the original glass and metal storefront entry that was part of the church’s narthex and sanctuary addition completed in 1995.
“Doors are the place where you touch the building. They are something special… they must be dignified and beautiful,” said Christopher Bach of Peninsula Architects.
Blending with the south wall of the existing sanctuary and altar, two piers of paneled cast stone support the gable-form roof above and frame the wood and glass entrance below. A paneled cast stone lintel spans mid-way between the piers and includes the engraved Latin phrase “fiat voluntas tua” which means “Thy Will Be Done.” Above, the central element of the cross appears to be floating within the sloping pediment wall behind.
“‘Thy Will Be Done,'” was Mary’s response to the Archangel,” Kordas said. “My hope is people entering see the image of Mary in that posture and have a similar attitude when they enter for the service.”
The focus of the new entrance are two large ceremonial sapele wood doors, each measuring 4-foot wide by 10-foot high, weighing more than 500 pounds each, and include sculptural bronze bas-relief panels.
The ceremonial doors are primarily opened for the celebration of the Liturgy and Holy Sacraments. They are flanked by two smaller wood and glass doors through which parishioners enter the church.
The two central features of sculpted panels depict a scene of The Annunciation when the Archangel Gabriel announces to the Virgin Mary that she would conceive and become the mother of Jesus, the Son of God, marking his Incarnation. Inspiration for the bronze panels came from Frederick James Shields’ 1894 painting The Annunciation.
Artist Eugene Daub (porfolio) is an American contemporary figure sculptor, best known for his portraits and figurative monument sculpture created in the classic heroic style. His sculptures reside in three of the nation’s state capitals and in the National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol.
About Peninsula Architects: Peninsula Architects is an award-winning architecture firm based in Peninsula, Ohio. Founded in 2001, Peninsula Architects is committed to excellence in sustainable design for institutional, residential and commercial clients worldwide.
Joseph Matava, Director of Design