Busman’s Holiday, Part Two

The ATLA Conference gave me the excuse to visit close friends in Indiana. I spent two days in Northern Indiana and during my stay with my dear friends the Nagle family, we visited the campus of the University of Notre Dame, the new Kresge Law Library, and the beautiful Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame.

The Kresge Law Library has more than 350,000 volumes on four floors and while this is certainly impressive as a law collection, what I am particularly impressed with is the 550 seats! (for about 500 students). Wow. Oh – and that the library has 10 librarians and 18 staff. Sigh. I’m really not jealous (too much!). I enjoy visiting other academic libraries to see how they utilize their space to serve their constituency. Here is an interior photo of the lovely new library:

We also visited the beautiful Basilica of the Sacred Heart, which is on the Notre Dame campus. While many people are aware of the murals and art at the University from the mural of “touch down Jesus” on the side of the Hesburgh Library (it overlooks the football stadium), the paintings, murals, and stained glass in the Basilica is truly breathtaking and worth a visit if you should be in the area.

Here is an interior photograph. The original cornerstone for the building was laid in 1847.

I found a short video on Youtube that shows the Basilica in greater detail. Click here to view it.

While I was in Chicago I also visited the beautiful and historic Fourth Presbyterian Church on Michigan Avenue.

If you enjoy looking at the architecture of beautiful churches, or thinking about their significance in the life of the church, you might enjoy the journal Faith & Form: The Interfaith Journal on Religion, Art & Architecture. Despite having “journal” in the title, the publication has a significant amount of content devoted to photographs of sanctuaries of all kinds (a variety of Christian denominations and world religions). We only receive this publication in print – meaning you need to visit the Stamps Library to see it. You might also be interested in browsing our collections – we have about 140 books related to architecture and the theological understanding of space; here are a few samples:

Frankl, Paul. Gothic Architecture. Yale University Press, 2000.


Howe, Jeffery W. Houses of Worship: An Identification Guide to the History and Styles of American Religious Architecture. Thunder Bay Press, 2003.

Kieckhefer, Richard. Theology in Stone: Church Architecture from Byzantium to Berkeley. Oxford University Press, 2004.

Seasoltz, R. Kevin. A Sense of the Sacred: Theological Foundations of Sacred Architecture and Art. Continuum, 2005.

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