Sunday, January 20, 2008

Another abandoned Chapel

Abandoned Chapel
Originally uploaded by phill.d
This one is Stannington Hospital in Northumberland.

Asylum Chapel, Cane Hill

Originally uploaded by urban penguin
Part of a series of pics on flickr of London's Cane Hill Hospital which is at Coulsdon, and built for Surrey County Council 1880-83. Most of the old buildings are now abandoned and derelict, including this chapel which is a surprisingly large and spacious structure with an east apse.

Toronto, St Michael's Cathedral

The catholic cathedral dating from 1845 is decorated for Christmas. A handsome building inside.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Christchurch Cathedral, NZ - Scott abroad!

The Anglican cathedral of ChristChurch in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand was built in the second half of the 19th century. It is located in the centre of the city, surrounded by the plaza of Cathedral Square. It is the cathedral seat of the Bishop of Christchurch.

The cornerstone was laid on 16 December 1864, but financial problems in the fledgling city saw its completion delayed between 1865 and 1873. The nave and tower were consecrated by 1881, though the entire building was not finished until 1904.

The cathedral was originally designed by British architect Sir George Gilbert Scott with the New Zealand architect Benjamin Mountfort as supervisory architect on the site. Initial plans called for wooden construction, but plans were changed with the discovery of a source of good quality masonry stone locally. Banks Peninsula totara and matai timber was used for the roof supports.

The cathedral spire reaches to 63 metres above Cathedral Square. Public access to the spire provides for a good viewpoint over the centre of the city. The spire has three times been damaged by earthquakes. After the third of these, in 1901, the stone construction was replaced with a more resilient surface of weathered copper sheeting.

The cathedral underwent major renovations during 2006-2007 including the removal and replacement of the original slate roof tiles.

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Washington DC's premier Catholic church has a very unusual eclectic combination of styles and features. We can see French Romanesque, Gothic rose windows, an almost minaret-like campanile (like the ancient mosques of Morocco) and a Byzantine dome. It was begun in 1920.

Catedral Presbiteriana do Rio de Janeiro

A variation of South American Gothic, in Brazil. It has a feel of St Patrick in New York, although not as exuberant, and probably due more to the proximity of the high-rise neighbours and colour of the stone.