Monday, November 30, 2009

My World Tuesday #59: The Stone Chapel


"A Curious Place"
Wake Forest, NC - October 2009 (Click to embiggen)

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Despite outward appearances, this is not a church in the usual sense of the word. In other words, there is no congregation that meets here for regular services. Once upon a time (c. 1939) the building housed St. Catherine of Siena. Now, it houses the Cloud family who are restoring and renovating the property (is anyone else hearing Arlo Guthrie right now?). But despite the fact that the chapel is now a private residence, it is still rented out for weddings and other events, and the sanctuary is open for personal prayer and meditation.

The chapel's mentions "members", yet there is no schedule of services. The building is a private residence, though the sanctuary is open to the public for personal prayer and meditation. The more I read, the more questions I have. And to think... I just thought the place made for some neat photos.


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20 comments:

Carver said...

Great shot. A family friend (can't remember who although I could ask my sister) did something similar with an old Church in Hillsboro, NC).

ArtistUnplugged said...

It is an awesome piece of architecture for sure, nice shot. I would love to see the inside!

Robin said...

How amazing to live in a building like that. I always love the renovated churches on all those British home relocation shows.

lisaschaos said...

Yeah, I'd still like to live there! Very nice!

Vita Stunder said...

I still wonder what REALLY happens in there..
"Members"...
Interesting place for sure and awesome shots from this place!
This needs investigation ;)

Sylvia K said...

What an interesting place! Beautiful architecture and I would love to see the inside!

Have a great week, Mojo!

Sylvia

maryt/theteach said...

Mojo, the story is indeed curious. Incredible architecture! And where do the residents go when the building is rented out for weddings? Ha! :)

Mama Zen said...

I immediately imagine that there is all kinds of freaky stuff going on in there. But, that's just me.

Daryl said...

Old and cold but with so much character ..

Martha Z said...

I does make a great subject for a photographer. A writer might find a lot of material here as well.

foto CHIP *Birgitta* said...

I feel the ancient wings :) These beautiful stoneworks and old buildings - love them :)

eileeninmd said...

WOW, what a neat residence. Great photo.

eileeninmd said...

What a neat place to live, great photo.

SandyCarlson said...

That's one betwixt and between kind of situation for that church. Good for that family, though. They seem to know what they want even if they don't know what they want, exactly.

Sistertex said...

What a great place to live...I mean who knew? Very interesting facts about it and a good photo to match.

ladyfi said...

Wonderful photo! I can imagine it is a great place to live or meditate in.

magiceye said...

love the composition!!

Ishtar said...

Imagine living in a place with so much history!

moorebloglife said...

it does make for great pics but the history is interesting as well. I can actually See the texture of the brick in this.... way cool!

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Hey Mojo! Great shot! Don't you just love finding buildings like this?!!! Thanks for visiting Greensboro Daily Photo today. You were very generous with the comments on our site! We have such a great group of bloggers in North Carolina. We need a meet up!!!!

Jan
Mrs. GDP