What Is A Church? An Outsider's Perspective

April 30, 2012 by: Li Tong

As one of many native Chinese who were born in mid 80s and raised in central China, I had little exposure to religion or places of religious worship. If you had asked me “what is a church” several years ago, my answer probably would be a gothic cathedral with large stained glass windows, long somber corridors and loud ringing bells or a similar architype from history. Most of my early knowledge ... Read More

Holy Place / Worship Space / Sacred Architecture / Church Design & Construction

Building Conservation - A Great Resource at the University of Texas

February 16, 2012 by: Li Tong

  One and a half years after graduating from the Historic Preservation Program at University of Texas at Austin, I went back to the School of Architecture and took a tour of its prominent Architectural Conservation Lab, a great building conservation resource. Fran Gale, the director of the lab, was hosting a session with the students from her Materials Conservation class. The students were asked ... Read More

Austin / Technology / Historic Preservation

A City Chapel in the Historic Cemetery

September 1, 2011 by: Li Tong

In 1914, Austin built a city chapel for all faiths. This small structure, located in the city’s oldest cemetery, has the potential to be a one-of-a-kind landmark. In the United States, very few, if any, non-denominational chapels were built and owned by municipal governments.   The Oakwood Cemetery Chapel is located in the center of the oldest cemetery in Austin, Texas. Both the Oakwood Cemetery ... Read More

Holy Place / Church Design & Construction / Austin / Liturgical Arts / Historic Preservation / Promotion