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Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool: pyramid of one of the heavy concrete roofs over Lutyens's cantilvered staircase to the crypt in the foreground with the cathedral behind

RIBA Ref No RIBA2554-10
Architect/DesignerFrederick Gibberd & Partners
Lutyens, Sir Edwin Landseer (1869-1944)
Artist/PhotographerSnoek, Henk (1915-1980)
CountryUK: England
Subject Date1967
Image Date1967
StyleModern Movement
Library ReferenceS67 1619
Colour InfoBlack and white
CreditHenk Snoek / RIBA Collections
SubjectButtresses ; Lanterns ; Towers ; Roofs ; Cathedrals ; Round buildings
NOTES: In 1930 Sir Edwin Lutyens was commissioned to design the second Roman Catholic cathedral to contrast with the Gothic Revival Anglican cathedral of Giles Gilbert Scott being erected on the other end of Hope Street from 1904. Construction on Lutyens's massive structure began in 1933 but was suspended in 1941 due to wartime restrictions. Work recommenced on the crypt in 1956 and it was completed in 1958. Thereafter Lutyens's design was considered onerously expensive and was abandoned with only the crypt complete.

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NOTES: Construction on the cathedral began in 1936 under the direction of Sir Edward Maufe, appointed Cathedral Architect in 1933. The cathedral, with only the nave and chancel complete, was consecrated in 1961. The western porches (the Garths), the Sacristy, the Lady Chapel, chapter house and the tower were not completed until 1966.