Rose of Lima

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This is part of what’s left of the old church at the St. Rose of Lima cemetery; a marker just inside the fence says the cemetery was established in the early 1800s, and was “replaced to its current location” in 1907. I don’t know how long the church has been without a roof. Or a floor. Or windows. But it’s still standing, maybe out of habit as much as anything else.

This is another example of the way a building can eventually devolve into just its textures – and this one’s got plenty of textures, with the weather-rough wood, the initialed plaster, the stones.

And it even has a flower, tucked into a break in the plaster underneath the window.

Santa Rosa, New Mexico
photographed 9.21.2013

Posted on September 25, 2013, in architecture, Photography and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Looks like some folks are helping out with the textures by carving their initials into it. Is nothing sacred?

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  2. If the church was deconsecrated, which it likely was, then technically it is not sacred.

    Maybe we should be wondering “Is everything secular?”

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  3. Great texture in the wood of the window surround, Melinda

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  4. Still standing out of habit – I like the idea of that.
    Wonderful details.

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    • Thanks, Karen. I realize that from a structural engineering standpoint standing out of habit doesn’t make any sense. But, fortunately, this blog doesn’t concern itself with structural engineering, which leaves open the use of more interesting descriptions.

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