Spire - Bas-Reliefs - St. James Episcopal Church Philadelphia - The Churchman July 6, 1895

Discussion in 'History' started by Phillyxpat, Aug 10, 2013.

  1. Phillyxpat

    Phillyxpat Harrowgateer

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2011
    Messages:
    1,762
    Likes Received:
    224
  2. Phillyxpat

    Phillyxpat Harrowgateer

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2011
    Messages:
    1,762
    Likes Received:
    224
    Old Academy Bell - U of Penn. - 1752

    A famous Philadelphia piece of history sat in St. James Belfry for fifty years before finally finding its way to Van Pelt - Deitrich Library U of P

    [​IMG]


    University Of Pennsylvania

    Penn History--The University Bell/Old Academy Bell

     
  3. Titus

    Titus Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2009
    Messages:
    2,209
    Likes Received:
    138
    You are one heck of a researcher! Hardman ? Interesting - I'd not have expected his work though his windows are around. And there at last is the date of demolition. Now seeing the reliefs I am less impressed than I expected to be, but the whole composition of the tower was excellent. Hewitt did a great deal of work in the city - numerous churches. He finished, i think the tower of Holy Trinity a few blocks form this site. Notman's original design was made more elaborate by Hewitt.

    In 1807 St James' was then on 7th above Market. Following the congregation they moved westward as the city developed across Broad Street.
     
  4. zeolite

    zeolite Banned

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2013
    Messages:
    2,932
    Likes Received:
    1
    The contrasting green stone with dressed white limestone must have been stunning. Incredible the amount of resource put into many places of worship only to be abandoned, with religious artifacts like the stained glass and scupture much lower in value compared with secular pieces.
     
  5. Phillyxpat

    Phillyxpat Harrowgateer

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2011
    Messages:
    1,762
    Likes Received:
    224
    I think that the Hardman drawings were probably a cartoon or cartoons for one or several stained glass windows that were sent worldwide to solicit business for his family's stained glass factory in Britain. That Hewitt possibly changed horses midstream and decided on the reliefs based on the drawings. I was not impressed either looking at them straight on in the photos. But Hewitt used a plaster model and had stone masons carve it as opposed I think to having it done in terra cotta. And the model was no doubt designed for viewing from street level some fifty to sixty feet below. I do not think they would have been salvaged considered the expense of extracting them from the building but I could be wrong.

    But considering the nature of the Churchman, a newsletter run by the Episcopalian church in NYC, the expense of the photography probably was with St James. or George Hewitt and perhaps the negatives of the Churchman article lay in some church archive somewhere.

    Also on a tangent, the Churchman ran out of a little office in Greenwich Village in NYC and near the Grace Church on Broadway. Their offices were part of the famous Colonnade Row that was cut in half around 1910 when they tore down half those tony townhouses to make way for the John Wanamaker Warehouse for the NY John Wanamaker department store (now office space and a K-Mart) on Broadway around the corner from the Churchman.


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]
     
    #5 Phillyxpat, Aug 10, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2013
  6. Titus

    Titus Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2009
    Messages:
    2,209
    Likes Received:
    138
    That's a very cool tangent!
     
  7. Phillyxpat

    Phillyxpat Harrowgateer

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2011
    Messages:
    1,762
    Likes Received:
    224
  8. Phillyxpat

    Phillyxpat Harrowgateer

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2011
    Messages:
    1,762
    Likes Received:
    224
    Ran into the Gibson Altar in 1908 book. Still think that Msgr. Hawks had his eye on the St. James Altar and Reredos for the extremely simple altar space design in his 1946 St. Joan of Arc church in Harrowgate. Point is moot in any case with the closure of St. Joan of Arc.

    FYI:

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    https://archive.org/stream/somenotablealtar00wrig#page/272/mode/2up
     
  9. Phillyxpat

    Phillyxpat Harrowgateer

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2011
    Messages:
    1,762
    Likes Received:
    224
    Ghost artwork on Wall - of St. James Church demolished 1945 - Gas station wall - 22nd and Walnut.



    [​IMG]
     
  10. Phillyxpat

    Phillyxpat Harrowgateer

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2011
    Messages:
    1,762
    Likes Received:
    224
    Follow up on repurposed Salviati Apostle Venetian glass Mosiacs once in the old St James Church 22nd and Walnut. Thanks to Lou Gould for research and Inquirer photo below dated May 11, 1947 - Page 13

    [​IMG]
     
  11. Titus

    Titus Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2009
    Messages:
    2,209
    Likes Received:
    138
  12. Titus

    Titus Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2009
    Messages:
    2,209
    Likes Received:
    138
    Isn't St Joan of Arc to be permanently closed? If so what will happen to these apostles?
     
  13. Phillyxpat

    Phillyxpat Harrowgateer

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2011
    Messages:
    1,762
    Likes Received:
    224
    The parish is defunct, absorbed into nearby Holy Innocents Parish in Juniata. The church is open I believe for one Spanish mass a week waiting decommission or sale. Hopefully they are salvaged. Hopefully the AD recognizes them as an asset worth salvaging. Hate to see them ignored in demolition following a sale. Don't know their value but I would guess they are worth in the tens of thousands range in terms of historic and or art values.
     
  14. Phillyxpat

    Phillyxpat Harrowgateer

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2011
    Messages:
    1,762
    Likes Received:
    224
    Thanks for Redeemer link Titus.
     
  15. Titus

    Titus Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2009
    Messages:
    2,209
    Likes Received:
    138
    I do know the AD is very good at getting $$ for their salvaged artifacts.
     
  16. Phillyxpat

    Phillyxpat Harrowgateer

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2011
    Messages:
    1,762
    Likes Received:
    224
    Regarding Apostle Mosaics - referenced above - 1899

    [​IMG]
     
  17. Phillyxpat

    Phillyxpat Harrowgateer

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2011
    Messages:
    1,762
    Likes Received:
    224
    Saint James Church 1870-1945 22nd and Walnut - 1908

    [​IMG]
     
  18. Phillyxpat

    Phillyxpat Harrowgateer

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2011
    Messages:
    1,762
    Likes Received:
    224
    Saint James Church 1870-1945 22nd and Walnut - Northeast Angle 1907

    [​IMG]
     
  19. Phillyxpat

    Phillyxpat Harrowgateer

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2011
    Messages:
    1,762
    Likes Received:
    224
    Saint James Church 1870-1945 22nd and Walnut - Interior 1899

    [​IMG]
     
  20. Phillyxpat

    Phillyxpat Harrowgateer

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2011
    Messages:
    1,762
    Likes Received:
    224
    Saint James Church 1870-1945 22nd and Walnut - Bishop White Window 1908

    [​IMG]
     
  21. Phillyxpat

    Phillyxpat Harrowgateer

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2011
    Messages:
    1,762
    Likes Received:
    224
    Saint James Church 1870-1945 22nd and Walnut - Redecorated Chancel 1906

    [​IMG]
     
  22. Phillyxpat

    Phillyxpat Harrowgateer

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2011
    Messages:
    1,762
    Likes Received:
    224
    Saint James Church 1870-1945 22nd and Walnut - Anna M Zimmerman Memorial - Tiffany Window

    [​IMG]1908
     
  23. Phillyxpat

    Phillyxpat Harrowgateer

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2011
    Messages:
    1,762
    Likes Received:
    224
    Saint James Church 1870-1945 22nd and Walnut - The Choir 1906

    [​IMG]
     
  24. Phillyxpat

    Phillyxpat Harrowgateer

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2011
    Messages:
    1,762
    Likes Received:
    224
    Saint James Church 1870-1945 22nd and Walnut - Main Sunday School - 1906

    [​IMG]
     
  25. Phillyxpat

    Phillyxpat Harrowgateer

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2011
    Messages:
    1,762
    Likes Received:
    224
    Saint James Church 1870-1945 22nd and Walnut - Heating Plant Boiler Room - 1906

    [​IMG]
     

Share This Page