Monday, April 25, 2011

The Art of Architecture

From Easter 2011
Guelph's beautiful stone church on the hill, Our Lady Immaculate, is pretty hard to miss if you approach it via Highway 24. We took advantage of the Libera concert last night to finally see inside this beautiful structure. Not your typical small town place of worship - quite grand, to be sure! And what a joy to drive through streets full of historic buildings honouring the art of the stone mason - a dying art, as you would find if, like us, you have ever tried to replace a stone chimney!

"When we build, let us think that we build forever" wrote John Ruskin.  Certainly that must have been the case for the early stonecutters of the Guelph area. And by the way, if you need expert help, and don't want to go the plastic window route (I know, we've done it too!) you might like to contact an expert in historic restoration and rebuilding such as Chris Cooper.  Old buildings just have this fascination for me as you may have gathered by my paintings.  The other night, knitting into the wee hours of the morning, I caught a special on the "Royals". Reference was made to an authentic "new" but "looking old" town designed by Prince Charles. It's name is Poundbury and to me, it looks a delightful place to live - especially as it is so close to the fascinating Jurassic Coast where my sister and I stayed for a few days last summer at the seaside village of Lyme Regis. Family stories indicate it was where our parents spent their few days of honeymoon at the end of the war.  If you're ever in the region, check out the Clappentail House. It's a fabulous B&B, built in the 1600's  and now very up-to-date in a "sympathetic-to-origins" way.  Oh, but that's another story for another time.


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