The Cathedral at Saint Augustine, Florida was designed by Benninger as an undergraduate student at the University of Florida. It is a pure, sculptural cube. One wall is an articulated frame containing the fourteen chapels for the Stations of the Cross, an elevator and large ramp which moves against the back wall. The altar is lit by a simple side-light device and there is a large, circular skylight over the nave. The entire ensemble floats on pillars over a reflecting pool. This 1960s design represents modern architecture at its best, in its search for functionality and simplicity, but it also is a powerful sculptural statement. The fusing of these two realities into a physical whole is a heroic achievement. It pre-stages future works!



Christopher Charles Benninger


Christopher C. Benninger