Okay, the after is better than the before. This is a photo from “I’m fed up with ugly churches” The author writes: One thing I find especially distasteful about post-Vatican II church renovations is the extensive use of wall-to-wall carpets. What were people thinking of back then? It’s ugly. In one church I know, carpet staples were driven into marble flooring. Fortunately, some churches are now fixing their overly carpeted, tacky interiors. These two photos show Holy Ghost Church in Issue, Maryland, as renovated years ago with carpeting (photo 1), and after a recent re-renovation by Gardiner Hall Associates of Bethesda, Maryland (photo 2).
Believe it or not, the Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Augusta was fully carpeted in the early 1970’s. When I got there in 1991 the carpet had been replaced with new, expensive wall-to-wall carpet. The carpet was on all the aisles of the church and in the sanctuary.
When we restored the interior in a major restoration, I called the priest who carpeted it and asked if he did so because the floor was damaged. He said no. And thus we removed all the carpet revealing the 1860’s marble tiles throughout the nave and sanctuary. UNBELIEVABLE!
But the before and after photo above, while an improvement, misses the mark. The original altar should have been pulled forward and a ledge for the tabernacle and six candles created behind it still allowing it to look as once unit but clearly not with two altars as both renovations do.
Please, if at all possible, only one main altar in the sanctuary. The best example of this is the Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Augusta where Mass can be celebrated both toward the nave and the apse.
My other pet peeve is artwork or sacred writings on the floor which means people walk all over it which in our culture is a sign of disrespect.