Sunday, January 22, 2012

Whimsical Windows - Ansonia Assumptions


Toby most graciously hosts the fun architectural meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors. In this, we search for the detailed building gems: windows, doors and other interesting items.

This week, we are in our Connecticut town of Ansonia. We are about nine miles west of New Haven, and about 85 miles northeast of New York City. On the Naugatuck River, many industrial companies located here. And so, many immigrants from Europe arrived for work in the 1800s. And they worshiped with their contemporaries. In Ansonia, Catholic Churches included Italian (Holy Rosary), Polish (St Joseph), and Irish, today's subject, Assumption. 

(Of course, the one true God cares not where we worship, but that we would...)

This parish started around 1864, and this structure was completed in 1907. It seems to evoke olde Europe, the stone and masonry impressive and soaring. Windows are arranged in gothic arches and a turret or two. The doors deviate from the colder gray hue to a brilliant blue, perhaps like the sky. The past can be most impressive - see more gems at Toby's meme!

3 comments:

Gemma Wiseman said...

The blue of the doors is so striking against the more neutral tones of the walls and windows! An amazing piece of architecture!

Lesley said...

The blue definitely stands out. I would have expected red doors, but these do go well with the grey tones in the stone. And I love that huge window!

toby said...

Beautiful - you are really fortunate to be surrounded by so much breathtaking architecture! I love that main window, and the composition of all of them together is just perfect! Wow.