My congregation is in the midst of celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year. In conjunction with that, we are having a thank offering for sanctuary remodeling. In preparation for that process, we are doing a series of “steeplechases”, that is, going and looking at area churches and looking at the art and architecture of the space.
The second church we looked at is St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Racine. The congregation is 164 years old. It was built using (now historic) Milwaukee cream city brick. Here is a link to some of the pictures. You can click on any of the images to see them in a larger format, or you may look at them on Flickr, where they live:
This is really a remarkable space. The woodwork is stunning, the risen Christ in Judgment is beautiful and warm, the stained glass is rich and vivid. I have a couple of critiques of the space:
1. The lighting isn’t sufficient for the space. It looks like the nave lighting is 20-25 years old, and it shows.
2. The baptismal font(s) are really off center. When you’re looking through the space, you have to look hard to even find it.
All in all, though, it is a gorgeous church, and I’m sure one of the most beautiful in Racine.