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SAINT GEORGE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH
Palm Desert, California 1998

 

Julie O’Neal Shaughnessy Go Bragh Melendez, SAG, did not graduate from an accredited school of architecture. She infrequently conversed with two iconic architects that inspired her, Bruce Goff and Robert Reichert. While fully capable of creating form and function akin to her two idols she refused the “new frontier” (courtesy of Revit) and researched Greek travel brochures, using #2 Dixon Ticonderoga hardware

The results (exclaimed by the faithful) are really quite pleasing. From orientating the church east/west on a difficult site which begged for a north/ south orientation, sticking to the small island vernacular and standing alone warding off committee desires to place large “picture windows” facing the street, she was heard to say, “this is not your typical country club ranch burger, try to understand, it is A House of God”. Melendez also built the church, as the construction manager, and actually came in under the budgeted amount. (When was the last time that happened?) Sometimes, although she can’t speak nor understand a word of Greek, she can be found sitting quietly in the last row throughout the services. (probably admiring her work)

 


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Saint Francis Cabrini

Office Tower

The Tin House

Saint George

Greek Orthodox Church

Concrete House