Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Flickr.
Notre Dame de l’Assomption as it was on that first Sunday after the earthquake. Mass was held on the side street just behind this cracked transept. The upper part of this wall was taken down not long afterward, to keep it from falling on the rubble or any survivors.
Nearly three years later, plans for its reconstruction are finally getting a start. A six-member panel led by the dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture met this week in Coral Gables to choose the winner of a design competition that sought ideas for rebuilding the cathedral.
Meanwhile, Episcopal Church officials have selected a Virginia-based architectural firm to design a new Holy Trinity Cathedral. Its design will incorporate three murals painted by Haitian artists to include Haitian people in biblical stories. Holy Trinity was renowned for its 14 murals, but 11 were lost in the quake.
UPDATE: A Puerto Rican architect has won the Notre Dame design competition.