The FaçadeADMIRING THE FACADE: The façade of Mary Our Queen is reminiscent of some of Venice’s High Renaissance church façades by Andrea Palladio. Our church puts all the architectural detail on the façade, which was often done during the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Niches (still without statues), pilasters, pediments and heavy cornices are the architectural elements that make up these facades. We see here how the orders are stacked so that the large Ionic pilasters are on the lower part, whereas most of the Corinthian pilasters are above (because the Corinthian order is considered higher than the Ionic order). In the pediment is the crest of the parish (M & R represent Maria & Regina or Mary & Queen). In the upper entablature we see the Latin “Glory be” and below that we read in Latin “This is God’s House and the gate of heaven.” Above the central door we read, “Come let us adore.” The central stained-glass window is a crowned Madonna and Child. Atop it all there stands a Celtic cross.