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Chapel of St. Michael's College, Llandaff

Description: Chapel of St. Michael's College

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 27 April 2004
Cadw Building ID: 82676

OS Grid Coordinates: 315497, 177752
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4919, -3.2173

Location: Palace Ave, LlandaffCardiff CF5 2YJ

Locality: Llandaff
County: Cardiff
Country: Wales
Postcode: CF5 2YJ

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Listing Text

Within St. Michael's College and a part of the quadrangular group.

Built in 1957-9 to replace two bombed ranges of the College which had included the Chapel. Designed by George Pace who was Cathedral Architect at the time and engaged on the rebuilding of the Cathedral after war damage. The design was influenced by Le Corbusier's chapel at Ronchamp.

Interior not available at resurvey. It is reported as having white plastered walls and ceiling with a coved transition and with the light all coming from the right. Blank white altar wall with Christ in Majesty by Harry Stammers. Fittings by Pace, but with the alter by GF Bodley and some stalls which survived the bombing of the earlier chapel, 1907 by F R Kempson. '...the interior is truly moving...The architect has created a numinous space...without introducing a single evocation of the traditional forms of church architecture'. (Newman, Glamorgan)

Local stone rubble walls in an uneven four sided shape. Slate roof, which is little visible from the ground. The side walls are punched through with many small and very small rectangular windows apparently arranged randomly and with only lightly expressed frames. Plain entrance under an asymmetrical gable in a canted wall. Small metal figure of St. Michael by Frank Roper. The whole has a barn-like rather than an ecclesiastical appearance.

Reason for Listing
Included at II* for its exceptional Modernist architecture as an important post-WWII chapel designed by George Pace, and having historic continuity within the bomb damaged St. Michael's College.

John Newman, The Buildings of Wales: Glamorgan, Penguin Books, 1995, p 258.
The Llandaff Society, Llandaff (The Archive Photographs Series), Tempus Publishing, p 17.
Llandaff, a pamphlet published by the Llandaff Society;
Peter Pace, The Architecture of George Pace, Batsford 1990, pp. 168-71.

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Within St. Michael's College and a part of the quadrangular group.

Source: Cadw

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