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Sunday, September 27, 2009
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Architectural and Artistic Tour of St. James Church, Lakewood

Lakewood, OH: Noted Cleveland architectural historian Tim Barrett will present a program on the artistic and architectural treasures of St. James church on Sunday, September 27, 2009. The Cleveland Landmark Commission cited St. James as one of the four most architecturally significant church structures in the region, the only in Lakewood. A veritable artistic and architectural feast, St. James is modeled on the eleventh-century Cathedral of Monreale in Palermo, Sicily. Three circular rose windows are among the numerous stained glass windows, all the work of George W. Sotter of Pennsylvania, known as "the Tiffany of Church Stained Glass Art." Beautifully carved wood, gold leaf, rich colors, and a variety of fine stone and inlaid ceramic tile are much in evidence. Among the many kinds of Italian marble are eight massive columns of Porta Santa marble dating to ancient Roman times. The vaulted blue ceiling of the sanctuary is embellished with the signs of the zodiac in gold leaf. It has been said that it would take at least an entire day to explain, even briefly, every symbol in the church. The program begins at 3 p.m. in the church. All are welcome!Lakewood, OH: Noted Cleveland architectural historian Tim Barrett will present a program on the artistic and architectural treasures of St. James church on Sunday, September 27, 2009. The Cleveland Landmark Commission cited St. James as one of the four most architecturally significant church structures in the region, the only in Lakewood. A veritable artistic and architectural feast, St. James is modeled on the eleventh-century Cathedral of Monreale in Palermo, Sicily. Three circular rose windows are among the numerous stained glass windows, all the work of George W. Sotter of Pennsylvania, known as "the Tiffany of Church Stained Glass Art." Beautifully carved wood, gold leaf, rich colors, and a variety of fine stone and inlaid ceramic tile are much in evidence. Among the many kinds of Italian marble are eight massive columns of Porta Santa marble dating to ancient Roman times. The vaulted blue ceiling of the sanctuary is embellished with the signs of the zodiac in gold leaf. It has been said that it would take at least an entire day to explain, even briefly, every symbol in the church. The program begins at 3 p.m. in the church. All are welcome!

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