Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Church of the Holy Cross

Driving down busy West Main Road in Middletown, I often notice this tiny old Episcopal church and its interesting architecture. It looks like a throwback to another time, seated in the midst of box stores and traffic lights.

Last week when I stopped to photograph the church, I was especially enamored by the seafoam green front door, and the matching pink wreaths. Lucky I caught them when I did, because they changed the wreaths for Christmas.

From Wikipedia: "The Church of the Holy Cross in Middletown, Rhode Island, is a parish church of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island of The Episcopal Church. The church is located at 1439 West Main Road, Middletown, Rhode Island. It is an early example of Richard Upjohn's work in translating Gothic architecture from stone to affordable designs for small, wooden churches. Built in 1845, Holy Cross Church exemplifies the architecture made accessible by the publication in 1852 of Upjohn's book, Rural Architecture. In its survey of Middletown's architectural resources, the Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission recommended the Church of the Holy Cross for inclusion in the National Register, along with Upjohn's more luxurious Italianate Hamilton Hoppin House.["

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  1. Many thanks for stopping by and "following" my obscure little blog, the more the merrier, right !?

    This church is beautiful, old wood churches like this are sort of unique to the northeast. There was a lovely one in Port Republic, New Jersey which this makes me think of.

    Was just enjoying the Monet exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris today, and noticed that one of the paintings was loaned by the Rhode Island School of Design, which surprised me a bit... very kind of Rhode Island to let it out of the state for the show.

    Happy holidays !

  2. Hello Owen, thanks for visiting! I am jealous, I would love to be enjoying the Monet exhibit! Very cool that RISD had a painting there. My sister is a curator of art at a museum, and she escorts paintings all over the world- when they are on loan, they have to be accompanied by a curator. She has made frequent trips to Paris for that purpose. What a life!
    I'm glad you like the church. I thought it was beatiful, and it looks so out of place where it is. It is surrounded by old gravestones.
    Have a great day!