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Vatican Pavilion


Archdiocese of New Orleans


1984 Louisiana World's Fair, New Orleans, Louisiana


International Illumination Design Award, IES, 1984 Honor Award of Excellence Louisiana Architects Association

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“For twenty years, Blitch has met every challenge we’ve given them. The Vatican Pavilion was designed and built in just seven months and on a limited budget.” – ARCHBISHOP PHILIP M. HANNAN, ARCHDIOCESE OF NEW ORLEANS

Blitch Knevel designed a museum quality space to house a collection of religious art spanning 2000 years.

To attract visitors to the Pavilion, a 110 foot high dome, paraphrasing Michelangelo’s dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome crowned a building clad in white enameled panels.

Other Design Awards & Publications

  • 1984 Design Festival – Louisiana Architects Association
  • 1984 Award of Excellence – Gambit Magazine
  • 1982 Competition for the Vatican Pavilion – 1984 World’s Fair