Sunday, May 19, 2013

InSPIREd Sunday - St. Luke's Church in Anchorage

This is St. Luke's Episcopal Church in the small city of Anchorage just outside Louisville, Kentucky.  It was founded in 1873 and sanctuary built in 1903.

Since Sally and Beth started the InSPIREd meme, I have been particularly interested in the wonderful Episcopal churches found in the Louisville area.  Many of them are historical and most have a lot in common.  Just this afternoon a friend drove me around town so I could take photos of Episcopal churches.  In most of them, old or new, I found the traditional red doors which symbolize that all who enter will find sanctuary and safety of body and spirit.  Each had a prominent cornerstone with different inscriptions.  Most were Gothic architecture, using the stone building material that would have been used for the Anglican churches of England, of which Episcopal churches are affiliated.

It was hard to be selective with photos of St. Luke's--a small church, but rich in detail.  So, I've tried to show you some of the most interesting and beautiful angles (click on the collages to enlarge):

Clockwise from upper left - full view of church with bell tower, roof line of church and attached gate house, the Episcopal red doors to the sanctuary, front stained glass window depicting St. Luke

Left to right - side view of Gothic bell tower and front entrance, closeup of stone wall with nandina berries, the church cornerstone on bell tower

Linking to InSPIREd Sunday , a new meme celebrating places of worship and their unique architecture and history.  Thanks to Sally and Beth for hosting.



Jan n Jer said...

Beautiful it's just as beautiful inside. Very interesting about the red door...I did not know that. Thanks for sharing Faye!

TexWisGirl said...

really nice. i like the solid feel of it - and the red doors, of course.

Sayre said...

Both my church and chapel have the red doors (I'm Episcopalian), but my dad's church in a small town does not. He and the vestry have gone round and round about that - with Dad insisting that the doors should be red instead of stained wood (not red-stained). He keeps losing - but he keeps trying!

St. Luke's is beautiful!

George said...

This is a beautiful church, and it reminds me of the Episcopal Church I attended in Tiffin, Ohio. That church, however, did not have a red door. You got some wonderful photos of this church, and I look forward to seeing more churches in future posts.

Marie said...

Gorgeous stone church! I agree...the architectural elements are great, including that beautiful stained glass window! I didn't know about the red doors. I think I will see if the Episcopal churches here have them. Have a wonderful week!

Sally in WA said...

I love your collection of photos for St. Luke's. The building has such a solid feel to it. Growing up in the Episcopal church, I am drawn to the red doors.

Thanks for sharing in InSPIREd Sunday this week!

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

what a beauty. i love all those details. so cool. glad you linked up with us. i am late getting to these. been camping. have a great week. ( :