Buildings Beautiful

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St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, built in 1836

Artprize, the international art contest in our area, is in full swing. Although I enjoyed seeing the art entries, I enjoyed walking around in the hundred-year-old churches that are hosting some of the art entries just as much. Here are a few of my favorite sights:

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Organ pipes in St. Mark’s Episcopal Church


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St. Francis Of Assisi sculpture, part of the Artprize entry “NOW”, outside St. Mark’s.


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Fountain St. Church, built in 1924


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A mosaic in Fountain St Church: “Madonna Of The Chair”


2018-09-21 Artprize Fountain St church wooden ceiling
Wooden tiles on the ceiling of Fountain St. Church


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Cornerstone Church (Heritage Hills)


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Cornerstone Church’s sanctuary


2018-09-28 Cornerstone Church joy box
A stairway in Cornerstone Church with a joy box beside it


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Inscription on the outside of Cornerstone Church


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St. Mary’s Chapel inside St. Mark’s Episcopal Church


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Stained-glass window in St. Mary Chapel


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One last look at St. Mary’s Chapel inside St. Mark’s Episcopal Church



While I was out walking…


While I was out walking downtown, I saw this display on the west side of the First United Methodist Church. It simply says: “Choose gratitude”. Just two words, but they say so much.


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One of the original doors of the Fountain St. Church. A giant could walk through these doors. But why do they not have handles?



I walked into First Park Congregational Church and said to one of their guides, “Hey, I don’t remember that wall being there last year.”

His eyes lit up as he explained that during some remodeling, they had found this wall buried under some plaster. So here is the original wall from the 1800’s, with its tall skinny windows and peaked doorway.



Alas, there was no art inside St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, so there was no opportunity to see anything but the exterior.

If you go downtown to look at the Artprize entries, don’t forget to slow down and feast your eyes on some of the beautiful old buildings too.