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Mystical Rose Oratory

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1966, Brother James Roberts with Guy Rothwell

Perched on the edge of a hillside, the modern chapel with its circular plan, glass walls, and rose-shaped roof is totally open, offering incredible views of Diamond Head and Honolulu. The building is divided into thirteen curved bays to represent Christ and his twelve disciples, and its roof is triple layered, resembling a rose petal from the air. Brother Roberts, who arrived in Hawaii in 1960 to start Chaminade's art department, conceived this singular plan.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Mystical Rose Oratory", [Honolulu, Hawaii], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Hawaii

Buildings of Hawaii, Don J. Hibbard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011, 170-170.

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