Religion: Two-Level Church

Detroit Catholics went to marvel at the dedication of a church architecturally unique in the land last week, the new French Romanesque St. Aloysius on downtown Detroit's famed Washington Boulevard ("most brilliantly lighted street in the world"). Unique feature: the seating arrangement. Old St. Aloysius, built in 1861,* torn down last spring, seated only 728 worshipers. On the same site, new St. Aloysius accommodates 2,000.

Architect Walter Meier was in a quandary when he went to work. The ground-site, cramped between two high buildings, was...

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