Another segment of “There’s Nothing Out There to See”
Architecture in the 18th and 19th centuries was nowhere more prevalent than in our churches. Huge bell and clock towers prevailed. Tall spires topped with a cross, jutted up to the Heavens, proclaiming our dedication to God. Many were modeled after castles with their turrets and ramparts. Architects, given free reign by the congregations, designed wondrous testimonies to mans love for God, and the builders, masons, carpenters etc, tried to out due each other. St. Mary’s Cathedral right photo.
Some churches, however, were much simpler but still unique in there designs. For instance the six sided “Peachtree Meeting House” in Maryland. Small but built six sided so the devil couldn’t get you in a corner. Photo below –
When money was scarce or materials, such as brick or stone, were not available, then churches were built of wood. Many of these wood frame churches still exist and are in use today. A good example is St. John’s Chapel on Tilghman Island, on Maryland’s Eastern Shores. Photo on left –
As church congregations acquired more money they employed architects to design churches and cathedrals of great proportion to show their love for God. Spires, topped with crosses, and towers reached for the Heavens. Emulating designs of European Castles, they constructed buildings that now seem like engineering marvels. Remember they didn’t have large cranes, scissor lifts, concrete pumps and preformed concrete beams. Everything was handled by man power with scaffolds, ropes and ladders. Stone cutters were in great demand as ornate designs were cut into blocks of stone by hand. Then these pieces were placed by hand. Most of these artistic pieces still exist today. Masons, carpenters, plasterers and painters plied their talents to finish these tributes to their faiths. Here are several photos of architectural excellence. St. Mary’s Cathedral, a city block from front to back, in Kingston, Ontario and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hamilton, New York are but two examples.
These edifices were not limited to the Catholic faith, for Episcopal (US), Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian and many other faiths erected beautiful works of architecture to praise the name of the Lord. More can be viewed on my web site http://www.ehunterphotographer.com
My fondest hope is to add to the images, I now have, of these churches and to add many more images, both interior and exterior of these and other churches of all faiths. This architecture, if it’s lost by fire or other disaster, will never be seen again. We need to have a record of our Vanishing Past before it vanishes forever!