A few friends and I grouped together in 2017 to curate a collection of our urban decay photographs in a exhibit called "Speak To Us A Story". One of the reasons for our passion about urban decay is the story that the dilapidated building tells us about its history.
This year, we decided to focus on the spectacular architecture that still stands in but may go somewhat unseen. Unless you are a particular member of the congregation, or you don't often go to weddings, christenings, bar/bat mitzvahs and funerals - these beauties may go unseen. And that is a shame.
As you may have guessed, we focused instead on churches and other houses of worship. There are some majestic buildings with painstaking mosaics to mid-century modern beauties with breathtaking stained glass.
I personally visited 5 churches during my adventures: Holy Redeemer in Webster Groves, 1st Presbyterian in Kirkwood, St. Cecilia in St. Louis City, Most Holy Trinity in north St. Louis and Our Lady of Sorrows in St Louis City. Seemingly random in location, their stained glass primarily attracted me to visit them.
Holy Redeemer attracted me because of the abundance of eye-catching stained glass. A mid-century modern church, light is key. This church took my breath away and Father Brown was a wonderful conversationalist on the few times he made it inside.
1st Presbyterian has a breath-taking set of stained glass in their main sanctuary but they have a smaller side sanctuary that also has beautiful stained glass. Whilst photographing, I was unexpectedly treated to organist practice in both spaces.
St. Cecilia I had been to before, but only to their amazing fish fry during Lent. I was unprepared for the spectacular beauty in there. The intricate mosaics took my breath away. I could've spent HOURS there exploring.
Most Holy Trinity is a hidden gem in north St. Louis. The architecture itself is amazing and the stained glass, again an attractor. The detailing on the outside was also eye-catching.
Last, but not least, Our Lady of Sorrows had stunning ceilings, beautiful columns and detailed murals.
There were at least 6 more on my list, and I hope to get to them soon even though the exhibit opportunity has passed. These beautiful structures deserve a visit from more than just their parishioners and guests of an event.
Please join us between Sept 14 and Oct 21 at the Jacoby Arts Center in Alton, IL.