Showing posts with label architecture. Show all posts
Showing posts with label architecture. Show all posts

Thursday, January 30, 2014


San Felipe de Neri, Alburquerque, NM. The original church was on the west side of the plaza, but deteriorated due to the common floodings of the Río Grande during the Spanish colonial, Mexican and early Territorial periods.  This newer church is late 1700s. Adobe construction. Italianate style altar - wood and other materials finished and painted to look like marble. Spires and towers in a gothic style. The cruciform is no longer visible from the exterior due to the later additions on the west and east sides, including Sister Blandina's convento.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Church of The Immaculate Conception at Tomé, Nuevo México

The church has been remodeled and is beautiful inside and out. The last time I had seen it was in December 2011 with the walls exposed. Also, my Mom had made a photograph of the church in the late 1990s during a snow day and I love that image. The bell towers are the outstanding visible feature in the remodel, and while I am not a fan of the actual aesthetics, it's more important to recognize the long term needs of the edifice, the parishioners and the Church, and the work that the community put into making this happen. Many of my ancestors of the late 1700s were married here including Domingo Sánchez and his bride Ma. Guadalupe Baca. The coupe was related to the third degree of consanguinity and the impediment was dispensed by the Bishop of Durango. Their Diligencia Matrimonial and marriage record are quite intriguing. Domingo Sánchez read and wrote and his record of enlistment in the militia cavalry is in the Spanish Archives of 1808, having enlisted at Isleta, NM. When I visit the church I imagine their ceremony and their presence in and around the church, despite various modifications of the actual building throughout the ages.





Monday, February 25, 2013

San Francisco de Asis en Golden, Nuevo México

Just some snap shots on a short day trip. This church, camposanto and surrounding areas speak for themselves. I do hope that the panoramic shot of the actual entrance and path (walking away from church) to the church shows in its correct aspect ratio. (Plus an additional panoramic facing the church.)   Addendum 26 February 2013: Little did I know that it would snow over 6" later that night! But because of the heavy clouds and cold weather, I was not surprised. It would be great to photograph this in snow.  With I-40 backed up (closed) for a couple of days now, I imagine by the time I would have time to drive out there again, the snow will be gone. Notwithstanding, I guess this is why it's important to be in the moment. We can recover, record and memorialize, and everything else seems to fleet, as time goes on.