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1966–1967, Biggs, Weir, Neal and Chastain. 1242 Lynnwood Dr.

This church follows formalistically the smaller, similar chapel (1965; demolished in 2018) that the Biggs firm designed for St. Dominic Hospital. Brutalist concrete became a staple in the firm after Edward F. Neal became a partner in 1961. Beaux-Arts-trained Biggs continued to give primacy to the plan while overlaying a modern aesthetic. A disciplined entrance sequence begins under a concrete carillon gateway, proceeds over a concrete bridge with tall, pebble-finish sidewalls, through a vestibule with baptismal font, and into the nave, which has an exposed concrete frame, a concrete-panel reredos, tan brick sidewalls, terrazzo flooring, and a textured concrete ceiling. The cruciform space is lofty and serene, with a clerestory window over the chancel and between the transepts. Various liturgical appointments were designed by Frank Kacmarcik of Minneapolis.

Writing Credits

Jennifer V.O. Baughn and Michael W. Fazio with Mary Warren Miller


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Jennifer V.O. Baughn and Michael W. Fazio with Mary Warren Miller, "ST. RICHARD CATHOLIC CHURCH", [Jackson, Mississippi], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Mississippi, Jennifer V. O. Baughn and Michael W. Fazio. With Mary Warren Miller. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2021, 263-264.

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