Distance: 2.5 Miles, wee yoga
|St. Dominics Church, San Francisco|
Usually by the time Ciwt figures out what building they are talking about, the guide is well into their spiel about how the original steeple was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake, and they never rebuilt it. Not a particularly electrifying beginning in Ciwt's opinion but probably an excuse to talk about about the 1906 earthquake - which always gets everyone's attention.
Today, continuing her recent 'Home' theme and after decades of walking by it, Ciwt explored St. Dominic's - on line and in person. On line she saw right away why they didn't rebuild the original steeple. Given how the fog rushes in and the wind howls in San Francisco, it is a wonder it even lasted from its erection in 1873 until the earthquake .
|St. Dominic's Church Interior|
(Why can't iphone cameras capture stain glass? Ciwt wonders).
In person, the church is gorgeous. Particularly the woodwork which was carved by the Edmund Schmid Woodcarving Studio of Oberrammergau, Germany.
In the old days, wood carvers were itinerant and carved individually in situ. But by the time of St, Dominic's rebuilding in the 1920's, it had become customary for carving to be done by machine. So it was a joy to see wood that - albeit it in Germany by contract - was carved by hand.