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Latitude/Longitude: 37.78422, -122.42532
The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption was designed by local architects John Michael Lee, Paul A. Ryan and Angus McSweeney, collaborating with internationally known architects Pier Luigi Nervi and Pietro Belluschi — at the time, the Dean of the School of Architecture at MIT.
Its saddle roof is composed of eight segments of hyperbolic paraboloids, in such a fashion that the bottom horizontal cross section of the roof is a square and the top cross section is a cross. The design is reminiscent of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Tokyo, which was built earlier in the decade.
Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption measuring 255 feet (77.7 m) square, the cathedral soars to 190 feet (57.9 m) high and is crowned with a 55 feet (16.7 m) golden cross. Due to its resemblance to a large washing machine agitator, the cathedral has been nicknamed “Our Lady of Maytag” or “McGucken’s Maytag”. The building was selected in 2007 by the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects for a list of San Francisco’s top 25 buildings.
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