Monday, January 29, 2007

Round and About NH: Cheever Chapel

I found a quaint chapel on Rt. 118, Groton NH.  It was snowing at the time adding to charm when visiting the chapel. 

The chapel had also had a beautiful stain glass window I took.


nhd106 said...

I am drawn to taking photos of churches and such.  Well done!


myrdog said...

What a beautiful window. Could you go back on a sunny day and get permission to go inside and take it with the sun coming through. I would love to see that .

cmishvicki said...

What a great find, Betty. I hope you go back in all kinds of lighting conditions to do a real study of the subject. Nice!

firestormkids04 said...

Betty, the scene is beautiful!  I find it very calming,  Love the stained glass.  Blessings, Penny

pharmolo said...

Nice composition with the church, Betty; pretty stained-glass window.

radar446 said...

I really like the perspective you chose for the top shot.  I just love the way the steeple is square to the camera, but the rest of the church is done at a quarter veiw.


cedarsonny said...

I may not be the best photo critic, but I do know architecture and design.  Greg (Radar446) has hit on the object of interest:  The juxtaposition of the entrance/spire to the main building.  This architectural feature is distinct, in and of itself.  It is also found on many homes throughout New England.  In some communities, it is mandatory that this feature be maintained, for historical preservation, in keeping with a community's heritage.  On This Old House, recently, this aspect of preservation was noted and highlighted in the restoring a spire structure of a house they were remodeling.  The slight leveling, of the lower beveled part of the spire's roof, is another distinct feature, as is the arch in some of the windows.

Also, in association with this sort of feature, is the narrow lap siding, which this church demonstrates to have.

The keystone architectural feature, at the top of the arched window, is distinct, also.  In a stoned, arched window (or door) framing application, the keystone is the locking mechanism to hold the other stones in the arched position.  This design feature is maintained in many wood framed structures of the period.

Note the front door looks out of place in comparison to the rest of the overall structure.  I think the original door, or maybe just the window, has been replaced.

Whoever built this church were proud of their workmanship.... and it shows.

And the picture is great, as well.  Good catch, Betty, in more ways than one.


rap4143 said...

Oh Sonny you have done it again :) I took a picture of the sign in front from the Chapel and the pastor's name.  I am going to call him tomorrow find out the history of the Chapel and see if he will allow me to go inside and take more images and take a picture of the sun shining on the stain glass window :)

I love when all you of ask questions, offer your technical knowledge and come up with ideas to really find out about the topic in the pictures. I will get back to you and post what I have found out :).


rbrown6172 said...

that is beautiful.   good job!

Anonymous said...

We have a cabin nearby and always loved this church - great americana