modernism-in-metroland: Cathedral Church of…


Cathedral Church of St Michael, Coventry

(1962) by Basil Spence & Partners

Grade I listed cathedral building, designed by Basil Spence to replace the bombed remains of the previous cathedral. Spence won a competition of over 200 architects with his design to build the new church around the remains of the old. The cathedral features the Christ in Glory tapestry by Graham Sutherland for the altar,

stained glass by John Piper and Patrick Reyntiens, and a bronze sculpture of St Michael by Jacob Epstein. 



Inland Revenue Centre. The general aura of sinister faceless authoritarianism reminds me of Portcullis House in London, also by Hopkins and Partners. Nottingham, August 2019.

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