Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Sepia Scenes - Seminary



Sepia Scenes is a wonderful meme, a monochrome effect that highlights many subjects, enhancing the  character of many classic items.

Stately is the proper description of this grand building, the St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield. It seems like classic Europe set in modern and suburban Hartford. 



























This seminary is for the Archdiocese of Hartford, and is the third of the buidings that housed it. 


St. Thomas opened at its current location in 1930. Although open 80 years, the style is so far removed from the 20th century that 1930 seems like yesterday. The style is described as combining both French and English Collegiate motifs. It was designed by Louis A. Walsh of Waterbury, CT and took two years to complete.


To this American, this massive and ornate look feels like I may be in Europe prior to the existence of the USA. I guess that granite and limestone adds that truly classic look. Sepia seems an edit that is  just right, the feel of old beautiful in monochrome. See Mary’s meme for more stylish monochrome artistry.



8 comments:

jeff campbell said...

Love your shots of this great architecture...reminds me of Sewannee down here in Tennessee...Peace and blessings

EG Wow said...

The old buildings look wonderful in sepia, as that's so natural to many of them in the first place. These buildings are particularly attractive. Nice shots, Ralph.

Gunsside said...

Both buildings are great in sepia, many fine details !
Have a nice week ;))

ruthi said...

It indeed looks classic. Another nice sepia photo you have here. Great composition.

Annie said...

There is something right on the edge of being eerie in this photo Ralph. Dare I say it? Shining - it comes to life.

Gary Orona said...

Awesome architecture. The sepia effect made it more classic.

Dimple said...

I agree-sepia fits the subjects well!

Patti said...

Sepia suits this classic "collegiate" looking building, Ralphie.

Nice post! With history sprinkled in!!