One of my favorites is the Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church. Located near the George Peabody Library, this Victorian Gothic beauty dominates the skyline along Charles Street.
The building is made [of] six of different types of stone. Its extraordinary color (especially when wet) comes from the use of the now rare green serpentine metabasalt from the Falls Road area of Baltimore County, and buff and red sandstone trim. (from the church website)
The stone carvers' marks, evident on every stone,
bring to mind hand stitching.
It is impossible, for me, to pass this beauty without touching the carvers' marks and wondering at the history and stories behind them. Did each stone carver have a signature mark? Did it vary based on the stone? What thoughts occupied the carvers minds while their hands produced such beauty, etc.
I would love to see the inside as well. A kind lady stopped while I was photographing
and assured me that the inside is just as spectacular.
I did try the front doors, but they were locked. Perhaps on a future visit...
The Baltimore Basilica's facade is quite a contrast.
It presents a very imposing front, complete with majestic columns.
I must admit to being a bit baffled and disappointed as I walked up the steps, finding this church more akin to a federal building than my idea of a cathedral. And then I entered.
The lightness of the interior stopped me mid step and all disappointment fled
to be replaced by awe.