Sunday, March 14, 2010

German Gothic

A last stop on Gravois Avenue at St. Francis de Sales Church. It dominates the skyline of the area with its spire almost half as high as the Arch. The bulk of the neighborhood's original population was German and the church was designed in that tradition. Its great size led people to call it the Cathedral of South St. Louis, although it has no such official status.

You can read an interesting history of the church and its activities
here. As with the Bevo Mill in yesterday's post, big changes in population took parishioners away. The Archdiocese of St. Louis decided to close and possible demolish it in 2005. However, an outfit I know nothing about, the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (that's a mouthful), took it over. I gather this is a conservative Catholic organization and they still do mass there in Latin. At least the building was preserved. I've never been inside. It looks gorgeous from the web site so I will have to pay a visit.


Oakland Daily Photo said...

Wonderfully moody shot. Crappy weather sometimes serves a function. Right? Don't mind me, I"m just tired of the rain here.

Sharon said...

I love the way you've composed this one. Very gothic.

Bill said...

That's a good looking church. It should be a cathedral.

brattcat said...

Yes, as Sharon noted, you've definitely captured a Gothic essence in this composition.

Virginia said...

I took one look and I have no idea why but I'm thinking "Young Frankenstein"! And what's with the statues. That looks like a groom that's lost his bride from a wedding cake!

Go inside!

PS I really don't mean to be disrespectful, but St. Francis de Sales.......the patron saint of shoppers? Sorry.

TheChieftess said...

Great the perspective and the moody kind of does lend itself to the notion of Frankenstein!!!

Louis la Vache said...

At least the building was saved.

The diocese of San Francisco was forced to close several parishes for the same reasons a few years back.

Anonymous said...

Love the ominous feel to this. Nice 'n Gothic! :)