Edward J. Schulte subject of talk by Chicago scholar Denis McNamara

January 12, 2010

Denis McNamaraNoted architectural historian Dr. Denis McNamara (pictured at right) will be the lead presenter in an April 17-18 program sponsored by the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati.  Edward Schulte, architect of many local landmarks, including the design of St. Monica and Christ the King churches, and the renovation of St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, is the focus of the two-day symposium and tour.  The symposium will be at the Cathedral on Saturday, 1 until 2:30 p.m.  On Sunday afternoon, there will be guided tours of selected Schulte churches in Cincinnati. 
Cincinnati architect Edward Schulte is known for having designed many of his home city's most prominent churches in the 1930s and 1940s. By the 1950s, however, Schulte rose to national prominence as a prolific designer who synthesized the dominant trends of Modernism with traditional ecclesiastical materials and forms.
Schulte is the only American architect of the twentieth century who could list four cathedral commissions—these among a body of work that included more than 80 churches. Schulte has recently been rediscovered as a master architect of singular ability whose unique style and collaboration with local artisans brought Cincinnati's artistic talent to a national audience.
Dr. Denis McNamara is assistant director and faculty member at The Liturgical Institute, a graduate program in theology at the seminary for the Archdiocese of Chicago. He holds a Ph.D. in architectural history from the University of Virginia, and recently lectured on Schulte's work at the international meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians. His newest book, Catholic Church
Architecture and the Spirit of the Liturgy (2009), includes photos and commentary on many of Schulte's designs.  Schulte’s work is also in McNamara’s earlier book, Heavenly City: The Architectural Tradition of Catholic Chicago (2005), which received the Benjamin Franklin Award from the Independent Booksellers Association.
Chris ArmstrongChristine SchoonoverChristine Schoonover, AFC immediate past president and its current program chair, and the Reverend Christopher R. Armstrong are co-chairs of the program and tours.  They will be open to the public without charge. 
Dr. McNamara’s illustrated talk on Saturday will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Father Armstrong, a priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and currently the pastor of St. Antoninus, Green Township.  As a former Archdiocesan Chancellor, Father Armstrong oversaw a video project to record the artistic, cultural, and historical treasures of the Archdiocese.  As a seminarian at St. Gregory College Seminary, his professor of Art and Architecture was Rev. Donald A. Tenoever, who had worked closely with Edward Schulte in the renovation of St. Peter-in-Chains Cathedral.  Donald Junker, an architect and trustee emeritus of AFC, and Cincinnati photographer and publisher Robert Flischel will join McNamara on the panel. 

The Cincinnati Historical Society Library, which has 21 boxes of Schulte manuscript materials and images from his estate is doing a small exhibit at the library in the Museum Center. The library is open Mon.-Sat., noon until 5 p.m.

Seating is limited and reservations for the April 17 program are requested by April 15. Submit online to reserve@architecturecincy.org or by phone to (513) 421-4469. 

Edward J. Schulte Listing of Commission 


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