At the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri, a beautiful church in the center of the campus rises up in the sky.
It is a Christian college but has no affiliation with any specific denomination. The church on campus has some characteristics of Gothic architecture, which arose during the 1100’s and 1200’s medieval times in Europe.
The most obvious Gothic design is the tall, upward height, reaching up to the heavens.
Some other characteristics are obvious. The Pointed arches and vaulted ceilings were used to distribute the weight of the heavy ceilings and bulky walls. The Gothic buildings brought a new era of light and airy spaces because light flowed in through the stained glass windows.
The architectural style before Gothic was Romanesque, which were much lower buildings with dark, damp interiors.
The characteristics of Gothic that are not present in this building are flying buttress to spread the weight of the tall walls (think Notre Dame), gargoyles (those monstrous creatures, used as spouts to drain rainwater from the roof), and excessive filigree stone decorations on the outside.
By the way, it was called modern architecture when the Gothic cathedrals were build. Later, when the Renaissance style became popular, those architects dubbed this style Gothic, referring to the barbarians who invaded Europe hundreds of years earlier. They considered the Gothic style a blight that have covered Europe.
To each his own. I love it.
Next post will sum up more about the college.
“It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him.”