Carroll William Westfall
The Francesco Montana Professor of Architecture
A central theme in the scholarship of Carroll William Westfall has been the history of the city with particular attention to the reciprocity between the political life and the urban and architectural elements that serve citizens' needs. This, rather than a stylistically based interpretation of the history of architecture, has informed all of his work. His current interests are concentrated on tradition and classicism in architecture and the American city and on the architect’s capacity to nourish the Christian faith.
His more recent studies of the relationship between the history, theory, and practice of architecture are found in his contribution to the 1991 book Architectural Principles in the Age of Historicism, written with Robert Jan van Pelt. Westfall's initial work was devoted to the Early Renaissance in Rome and elsewhere in Italy where the theory and practice of architecture intersected with the consolidation of political authority and theological reform in the Church. This led to numerous articles and a book, In This Most Perfect Paradise (1974).
The Montana Professorship was endowed by Notre Dame Trustee and parent Fritz L. Duda. He and his wife, Mary Lee, have established professorships in each of Notre Dame’s colleges and schools. This position honors the late architecture professor Francesco “Frank” Montana, who designed the Ecumenical Institute in Tantur, the Notre Dame Center in Jerusalem, and campus landmarks including McKenna Hall.