Sunday, March 15, 2015

Church Door Red!

What is it about a red door on a stone church? This one sure captured my attention. This is St Pauls Church-Brookfield, CT.  Built in 1939 after a fire destoyed the original building on Valentines Day in 1937.  I think the red door is verry fitting!  
I found the story archived here:…/ho…/the-fire-1937.html

Here's another great example of how a red door catches your eye. This beautiful stone church is St. Johns Episcopal in New Milford!  Sitting on the town green, the church beckons you to come in!

And I can't say enough about the beauty of this next church.  St Michaels Church Naugatuck, CT
Well there's much detail going on here in this great church! 
It was built in 1875 and designed by David R. Brown. The style of architecture is High Victorian Gothic.

And who doesn't like a white church with a red door?  This is perhaps my most favorite combination!  I'm sure in my travels I'll come across many more red door churches.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Inner City Gem!

In sharp contrast to the last church post, this inner city church may not have the same outward beauty and picturesque setting, but is rich in subtle detail!  I found this gem tucked away on a small neighborhood street in the citys North End. Flanked by three family houses towering above, the structure stood out like a sore thumb! 

 I'm not quite sure what style the building falls into because the details suggest both Federal and Gothic Revival. The brick material along with the pointed pediment over the door and pilasters are detais of the Federal style and give the entrance an understated detail.  The arched stained glass windows give this building a gothic feel, and the cross at the peak appears to be copper, due to the aged green color.  Although the building could use some repair, it looks like a place that would welcome all who seek refuge.
I am still looking into the history of this building now being used by The Victory Tabernacle Church - Waterbury, CT. The corner stone reads 1903-1928. 


Monday, March 2, 2015

Over the Bridge and Through the Woods…

Today work took me on scenic drive out over the Arrigoni bridge in Portland and then down the coast of the CT river to Haddam Neck.
What a beautiful drive on this snow covered morning! In the little town of Middle Haddam is this gem of a church built in 1877 in the High Victorian Gothic style, designed by Henty Austin. Such detail…From the stained glass windows to the quatrefoil motifs…just amazing!

I happened upon this spectacular church quite unexpectedly today. The Greenfield Hill Church sits in the center of a very historic area of Fairfield, CT. Founded in 1725 the building is the typical New Englad style. The details are just beautiful..from the turquoise front door to the bell tower! To bad the sky was so grey today.