Thursday, October 23, 2008

Stanford Memorial Church

Not too many footsteps from the Papau New Guineau Sculpture Garden is the Stanford Memorial Church.

It was built in 1903 by Jane Stanford as a memorial to her husband Leland Stanford, who had died in 1893.

It's located at the center of the campus and has been called "the University's architectural crown jewel".

It's a non-denominational church so it could "serve the broadest spiritual needs of the university community".

"Mrs. Stanford's requested that the designs presented women in the church's images, in order to show the uplifting influence of religion for women."

The church has 3 organs. The balcony houses the original organ with over 3,000 pipes, as well as another one with almost 4,500 pipes. The chapel of the church holds the smaller 3rd organ.

The stained glass windows and mosaics that decorate the church are based on religious paintings the Stanfords admired in Europe.
I like to photograph doors and other portals. This one makes me imagine that through those doors is the Garden of Eden.


ren said...

wow, that's really stunning. and i like the idea of representing women, i think a lot of churches (of all denominations) tend to forget the importance of women in the stories they tell.

Ragged Around the Edges said...

Beautiful and so peaceful.

Ginnie said...

A friend of mine graduated from Stanford years ago, Mad, and once showed me around the campus...just a bit of it. But that was 30 years ago. I think I would look with different eyes if I were to see it today! And that chapel would definitely be a must!

Anonymous said...

this reminds me of the time we got lunch and estimated where "my" graduation year would be...too bad it never happened! miss you and himmy!!!

Anonymous said...

The painting on the outside is just beautiful. What a wonderful place.

Anonymous said...

Wow. Love the stained glass and wood work. Simply beautiful!