Thursday, November 17, 2011

Elk Mountain, Wyoming

I don't know, or no longer know, the denomination of this church in the rural town of Elk Mountain, Wyoming. This is, in part, because this photo was taken in 1986.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

St. Matthews Episcopal Cathedral, Laramie Wyoming

This is the impressive St. Matthews Episcopal Cathedral in Laramie, Wyoming. This photograph was one I took in 1986, but the Cathedral appears largely the same today.

One oddity about this Cathedral is that the Episcopal diocese's offices are actually in Casper, Wyoming. While I don't know for sure, I think that this likely reflects the age of this cathedral, which is fairly old. At the time it was built, only southern Wyoming was relatively populated, and Laramie was a bit of a center of culture, being the site of the university, and of certain English interests that had entered the ranching industry and headquartered there. "Ivinson Street", for example, is named after one such family. The Cathedral does have a large administrative building, built in a Gothic style, which were likely the Diocese's administrative offices.

In later years, Cheyenne or Casper would prove to be more logical administrative centers, and in recent years the Episcopal Church apparently chose Casper as their administrative headquarters.

An adjoining courtyard to the Cathedral features a nice World War One memorial.

St. Laurence O'Toole Catholic Church, Laramie Wyoming

This is St. Laurence O'Toole Catholic Church in Laramie, Wyoming.

I'll confess that while I took this photograph, I took it quite a while back. In 1986, to be specific. But the church appears the same today, as it did then.

This parish has been in existence, under this name, for quite some time. The church depicted here, however, was dedicated in 1926. The church is one of two Catholic churches in Laramie, the other being a Newman Center.

I've always thought the roof tiles of this church to be both unique, and attractive.

Monday, November 14, 2011

St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Buffalo Wyoming

This is St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Buffalo Wyoming. It was built in 1889. Oddly enough, it's one of two St. Luke's in Buffalo, the other being a Lutheran Church across town.

St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Buffalo Wyoming

Classically styled Lutheran Church, St. Luke's, in Buffalo Wyoming. It's one of two "St. Luke's" in Buffalo, which is a fairly small town, the other being the Episcopal Church.

Union Congregationalist Church, Buffalo Wyoming

I don't know the history of this Congregationalist Church just off the main street in Buffalo Wyoming. It's a classically styled rural church, but I don't know anything else about it.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

Immaculate Conception Church, Rapid City South Dakota

This is Immaculate Conception Church (formerly chapel) in downtown Rapid City, South Dakota. This Catholic church is somewhat unique for the region in that it says its masses, one daily and one on Sunday morning, in Latin, using the Tridentine Mass.

The church obviously once had another name, as the corner stone reveals, which appears to have been St. Mary's, but I do not know the history of this particular church.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Cathedral of the Holy Family, Tulsa Oklahoma


These photographs were taken in low light, and therefore they are unfortunately not too good.

These depict Tulsa's Catholic Cathedral, Holy Family Cathedral. Like the other Tulsa churches depicted here, this Cathedral is located in a downtown district featuring many churches. The Cathedral features Gothic and Romanesque architecture and was built in 1914. It was the tallest building in Tulsa at the time it was built. It's a much better looking church than these photographs would suggest.

The church was not built as a cathedral, but became one when Diocese of Tulsa was established in 1972.

First United Methodist Church of Tulsa, Tulsa Oklahoma

This Gothic architecture church in the First United Methodist Church of Tulsa, Oklahoma. It's located in the downtown district where the other Tulsa churches depicted here are. I do not know the age of this church but I'd guess that it was built after 1910 but before 1930.

First Presbytrian Church, Tulsa Oklahoma

 This is the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma. As is obvious from the photograph, this church was undergoing extensive construction at the time I photographed it in October, 2011. The church was built in 1926.

Like the nearby Roman Catholic Holy Family Cathedral, this church as both Gothic and Romanesque features.

First Christian Church, Tulsa Oklahoma

This unusual church is the First Christian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Located in downtown Tulsa, in a district which includes several classically styled churches, this church, which I otherwise know nothing about, was dedicated in 1940.

The church has a very Byzantine appearance, and upon seeing it I mistook it for a Greek Orthodox Church. The unusual appearance is somewhat accentuated by the presence of a Christian Scientist church across the street, which I did not photograph as it was fully in shadow at the time I was there, which also features a very large dome and Greek classical features. The church is extremely Eastern in appearance, and while a beautiful structure, this choice of architecture is curious for the denomination.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Cathedral

This Cathedral's exterior, while impressive in its own right, is a bit deceptive as the interior is extremely impressive and very large. This is the Roman Catholic Cathedral for the Diocese of Rapid City, South Dakota.

St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Shoshoni Wyoming

This is St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Shoshoni, Wyoming. The small church is served by the nearby larger parish in Riverton.

This church, like Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Gillette Wyoming, has been converted from some other use, but it is a nicely done exterior, and gives the impression of a Church in the Southwest as a result.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Assumption of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Denver

This is the Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Denver Colorado, the Assumption of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Cathedral. It's in a neighborhood with heavy traffic, so these photographs were taken from a vehicle, making them less than ideal. The Cathedral offices, which look like a Greek Orthodox Church, are on the same ground and are also included here. Theotokos roughly translates as Mother of God, so the Cathedral is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

Community Church, Chugwater Wyoming

Community Church, Chugwater Wyoming. All I know about it is the name.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Mountain View Community Church, Ft. Collins, Colorad

This is a terrible photograph, but it was taken fro a moving vehicle and it was my only opportunity to take the photo. This church was obviously built a long time ago, and no doubt for some other congregation. It's a large, Gothic style church located quite near downtown.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Mission Church, Wright Wyoming

This is Blessed Sacrament Mission Church, a Roman Catholic Church in Wright Wyoming. The Church is served by the priest in Gillette Wyoming. The Church is in a pretty location, overlooking the small town of Wright.

First United Methodist Church Newcastle Wyoming

This is the First United Methodist Church in downtown Newcastle Wyoming.

Christ Episcopal Church Newcastle Wyoming

This is Christ Episcopal Church in Newcastle Wyoming, making this the second Episcopal Church in Wyoming with that name that I'm aware of. It's an older church, but otherwise I don't know anything further about it. It is somewhat difficult to photograph due to the very large tree that is in front of it. Unfortunately, one of my "from the truck" photographs was at an angle, also making for a poor photograph.

Christ Episcopal Church Douglas Wyoming

This is Christ Episcopal Church in Douglas Wyoming. It's an older church, on a downtown corner, but otherwise I don't know anything more about it.

Monday, July 11, 2011

St. James' Roman Catholic Church, Douglas Wyoming

This contemporary styled Roman Catholic Church is St. James' Roman Catholic Church in Douglas Wyoming.

St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, Wheatland Wyoming

This is St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Wheatland Wyoming.

United Methodist Church, Wheatland Wyoming

This unusually styled church in the United Methodist Church in Wheatland Wyoming.

United Church of Christ, Wheatland Wyoming

This is the United Church of Christ in Wheatland Wyoming, which is all I know about it.

Mary Queen of Heaven Roman Catholic Church, Chugwater Wyoming

This is Mary Queen of Heaven Roman Catholic Church in Chugwater, Wyoming. Chugwater is a small ranching town in southeastern Wyoming and this church is served by the priest in Wheatland Wyoming, which is some distance to the north.

This is a fairly new church, having been built in 1999-2000, replacing an older church built in the 1920s.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Roman Catholic Blessed Sacrament Mission Church, Ft. Washakie Wyoming

This is Blessed Sacrament Mission Church in Ft. Washakie, Wyoming. Ft. Washakie is the seat of government for the Wind River Indian Reservation, a very large Shoshone and Arapaho Reservation in Wyoming.